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Nation Current Affairs 27 Mar 2019 Saradha scam: CBI to ...

Saradha scam: CBI to file application

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | J. VENKATESAN
Published Mar 27, 2019, 1:49 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 1:49 am IST
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, after perusing the documents in a sealed cover, told the attorney general “it is a serious matter”.
Supreme Court of India (Photo: File)
 Supreme Court of India (Photo: File)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked CBI to file a formal application for seeking certain additional directions, including custodial interrogation, against the former Kolk-ata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar for allegedly tampering with evidence in the Saradha chit fund scam.

A three judge bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Go-goi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna after perusing the documents in a sealed cover told the Attorney General “it is a serious matter”.

 

The CJI, however, refu-sed to comment on the “seriousness or otherwise” of the allegations made by the investigating agency against the top official.

The bench was hearing contempt applications filed by the CBI against the State DGP, Chief Secretary and Mr Rajeev Kumar for defying the apex court order in Saradha scam and tampering with evidence.  

The CJI said, “We have perused the affidavit filed by the senior additional superintendent of police, CBI, Kolkata following the examination of Rajeev Kumar, former Commissioner of police. We would not like to comment on the seriousness or otherwise made in the averments.”

The CJI then directed the CBI to file a “separate application” in 10 days with regard to certain prayers it has made for further action against Kumar.

The CBI’s affidavit filed in a sealed cover had alleged that Kumar had systematically made every effort to tamper with the records relating to the Saradha scam including CDR (Call Data Records).

The AG read out certain portions of the sealed cover report before the bench, which asked the registry to re-seal it.

However, since the agency had made “certain prayers”, the CJI felt that the said prayer “which should ideally be a subject matter of separate application.”

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