SUPREME Court of India has directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate with the agency in investigating the multi crore Sharada Chit fund scam which has cheated lakhs of gullible people assuring attractive interest. The IPS officer headed the SIT- Special Investigative Team –formed by the Mamata Banerjee government to probe the cases related to the unauthorised chit fund before the SC mandated the CBI to take up investigation in 2014.The SC also directed Kumar to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation at Shillong in Meghalaya. It barred the CBI from taking coercive steps, including the arrest of the Kolkata Police chief till February 20 when the SC will resume hearing the case. The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked West Bengal Chief Secretary, DGP and Kolkata Police Commissioner to respond to the CBI’s contempt plea in the chit fund scam case by February on 18 for allegedly detaining the probe agency’s team illegally on Sunday. The team had tried to meet Rajeev Kumar for questioning at his Kolkata house as he had allegedly not responded three summons issued by CBI .CBI also claimed that WB authorities were informed about its intent and had sought cooperation. A three-judge Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, however, said no coercive steps, including arrest would be taken against Kumar.CBI has alleged that the Officer provided the agency with doctored materials. The Bench also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna said on consideration of replies of the chief secretary, the DGP and the Kolkata police commissioner, the court might prefer the personal appearance of these three authorities on February 20.The bench said the apex court’s secretary general will inform them on February 19 whether they are required to be present before the apex court on February 20.
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