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SC grants time to ex-Kolkata police chief

The Supreme Court on Monday granted time to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to file his additional reply to the CBI’s claim that he withheld information relating to call data records of the accused in the chit fund scam.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which was to hear the CBI plea seeking custodial interrogation of Mr. Kumar in the scam, adjourned the hearing to April 30.

“List the matters on April 30 by which time respondent No.3 (Kumar) may file additional affidavit, as prayed,” said the Bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, said that despite getting the complete CDRs from mobile service providers, Vodafone and Airtel, Mr. Kumar withheld information with some ulterior motive. The CBI has alleged that on perusal of the CDRs and the information received from Vodafone, it has come to light that despite getting the complete records, Mr. Kumar did not provide all information to the central agency.

Earlier, Mr. Kumar had alleged that he was targeted by the CBI due to “mala fide intent” and “conflict of interest” of former interim CBI director M. Nageshwara Rao as his family members were under the scanner post-demonetisation. He had alleged that in November 2016, a probe was initiated into some shell companies that prima facie were involved in receiving huge deposits and a FIR was registered. During the probe, role of one firm Agela Mercantiles Pvt. Ltd., came under the scanner and names of wife and daughter of Mr. Rao had come to light, he had said.

Source: thehindu.com

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