Rajeev Kumar ignores third notice, CBI visits his home, speaks to wife | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: Rajeev Kumar, CID’s additional director general, chose to ignore a third CBI notice — to appear at its CGO complex office at 11am on Friday — and instead moved a plea in Alipore court seeking anticipatory bail.
CBI officials, meanwhile, continued to criss-cross the city — including visits to resorts and hotels — looking for Kumar. They also visited Kumar’s home and spoke to his wife Sanchita, a senior IRS officer and an income tax commissioner, for around 20 minutes.
The CBI’s search drew a blank but Kumar’s bail plea was admitted and will be heard at 12pm on Saturday.
When Kumar didn’t show up at the CGO complex office at 11am on Friday, CBI officers fanned out to track him down. Three officers, media in tow, reached a resort near Amtala in Bishnupur and began questioning the staff about Kumar’s whereabouts.
Rajeev Kumar’s pre-arrest bail plea filed, hearing today
For the next 40 minutes they searched every corner of the resort. At one point, a CBI officer broke into a sprint across the lawns towards the garden, leading to great excitement and drama. But it resulted in nothing. The resort’s managers, however, could not recollect Kumar staying there.
A couple of hours later, two other CBI officers visited Kumar’s residence at Park Street and spoke to his wife Sanchita for about 20 minutes. According to sources, she told the investigating officials that she had no idea where her husband was. “We need to ask someone about a person’s whereabouts in his absence. So, we spoke to her,” said a CBI officer. The sources indicated that the officers had also spoken to her on Thursday. The CBI team’s next stop was another building on Camac Street.
While Kumar has been incommunicado, the CBI’s search for him at different locations in full media glare has been questioned by senior Bengal police officers. “This is sheer harassment of an IPS officer with a career spanning three decades. At least they should show some dignity,” an officer said.
“Kumar has not exhausted his legal alternatives. He has taken leave and informed the CBI about much before the notices were issued,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Kumar’s lawyers filed for his anticipatory bail as soon as all Saradha case records and court documents were transferred from the special court in Barasat to the Alipore court.
The Alipore court had on Thursday told CBI that it did not require a court-issued non-bailable warrant to arrest Kumar.
On Friday, the court admitted Kumar’s plea and fixed its hearing for 12pm on Saturday. It also asked Kumar’s lawyers to serve a copy of the petition to CBI.



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