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CBI begins questioning Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar again, sources say interview not being videotaped

Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 10, 2019, 12.18 PM (IST)

The Central Bureau of Investigation began questioning Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar again on Sunday. 

ANI meanwhile quoted sources as saying Sunday's questioning was not being videotaped. 

Kumar was grilled by the CBI for nearly nine hours in Shillong on Saturday. 

The CBI did not brief the media after the questioning. 

Kumar's counsel Biswajit Deb, who is also the TMC coordinator for Meghalaya, said Kumar is "cooperating and complying" with the CBI.

"He (Kumar) has come here on the orders of the Supreme Court. He has complied earlier and he is complying now as per the orders," he told reporters outside the CBI office. 

WION had reported yesterday that Kumar had insisted on the CBI videotaping all eight hours of the interview

Former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh was also at the CBI office on Sunday. 

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The CBI is relying on a 91-page letter from Ghosh, who was expelled by TMC, to the Enforcement Directorate, detailing the role of Kumar in handling the ponzi scam probe after the main accused, Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee, both promoters of Saradha Group of companies, had fled to Kashmir, officials said in Kolkata.

Sen and Mukherjee were arrested in 2013 from Kashmir.

Ghosh had implicated BJP leader Mukul Roy, who was once the right-hand man of Banerjee and 12 others in the Saradha scam.

The Supreme Court had directed Kumar on Tuesday to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam.

The apex court had also directed Kumar to appear before the investigating agency at a neutral place in Shillong "to avoid all unnecessary controversy" and made clear that he would not be arrested.

The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by Kolkata Police when they had gone to Kumar's official residence in Kolkata to question him on February 3. 

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had rushed to the spot and had staged a three-day "Save the Constitution" dharna against the CBI move.

The central investigating agency had said that its officials had wanted to question Kumar to plug the holes in the Saradha investigation case as he was supposed to be in possession of certain key documents as a member of the special investigation team. 

(With inputs from PTI)