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Kolkata Police Commissioner questioned for 8 hours in Shillong as political row simmers

Rajeev Kumar's questioning began at the agency's offices in Shillong around 11 am, and went on until 7.30 pm

Kolkata: Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was questioned in Shillong by the CBI on Saturday for eight hours over his alleged role in destroying
evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam. The Supreme Court had fixed the Meghalaya capital as the venue for his interrogation, saying that its
“neutral” status will prevent unnecessary controversy. Kumar has been asked to appear for questioning on Sunday as well.
Kumar’s questioning began at the agency’s offices in Shillong around 11 am, and went on until 7.30 pm.
Accompanied by three high-ranking officers of the Kolkata Police, he has been lodged at a top hotel in the city. A CBI team from Delhi arrived in Shillong to
question him. They were not allowed to stay in the the same room during the interrogation.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had directed the Kolkata Police Commissioner to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate with the probe into cases
related to the Saradha chit fund scam. It had, however, stated in no certain terms that Kumar was not to be arrested.
The CBI has alleged in the Supreme Court that Kumar, who led the probe by a special investigation team into the Saradha chit fund scam, tampered with
electronic evidence and handed over documents to the agency – some of which had been “doctored”.
A major controversy had broken out on Sunday, when a team of CBI officers went to Kumar’s residence to question him but faced stiff resistance from the
Kolkata police. Following this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged a three-day protest to “save the Constitution”.

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