The Supreme Court today warned Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar of a strict action if it was discovered that he tried to destroy evidence related to the Saradha Chit Fund fraud case in West Bengal after the CBI said it stopped the ” destruction of electronic evidence “.
“If the police commissioner is remotely trying to destroy the evidence, we will fall so heavily on him that he will regret it,” said a bench headed by Indian Court President Ranjan Gogoi, after Attorney General Tushar Mehta demanded an urgent hearing citing the arrest of the destruction of the evidence.
“You (SG) show us evidence,” the court said. The Bank, however, rejected Mehta’s request to accept the CBI statement against Kumar today and, instead, published it for tomorrow’s hearing. The Bench, which also included Judge Sanjiv Khanna, said there was no evidence in the agency’s requests for evidence tampering. However, he said that it was open for the CBI or any other party to present any material / evidence in the affidavits to show that any civilian or police officer in West Bengal was trying to destroy the evidence.
Earlier, seeking an urgent hearing on the issue, Mehta said that an “extraordinary situation” had arisen after what happened yesterday in Calcutta. He alleged that CBI officials were arrested by West Bengal police when they went to Kumar’s residence to collect evidence.
He said that the residence of the Joint Director of the CBI (east), Pankaj Shrivastav, was surrounded by state police and that his family had been abducted and even the IWC office in the CGO complex, Kolkata, was under siege.