Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, facing CBI probe in the Saradha scam, did not appear despite the CBI summons. According to the CBI, he sent an e-mail late Saturday night asking for a month's grace period for his wife's illness. That was denied by the CBI. On Friday, the Calcutta High Court had withdrawn the relief from Rajiv Kumar's arrest. The court said that continuing the relief for a long time would mean interfering with the investigation.
The CBI had summoned former police commissioner Rajiv Kumar to appear at 10 am on Saturday, but Rajiv did not reach and his mobile phone was also locked. Three officials of the agency, including the investigating officer of the Saradha case, met Rajiv's lawyer in the evening after the CBI team found no clue about Rajiv Kumar's day-long search. A CBI official said a fresh summons can be issued to Kumar.
In spite of that, if they do not appear, legal action will be taken against them. A lookout notice has already been issued against Rajiv Kunar. Earlier, the court had rejected his plea and denied the charge in which he had accused the CBI of deliberately targeting him. The case had caught a lot of fuss. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had come face-to-face with the Centre on the issue.