Kolkata: In a major relief to Kolkata’s ex-top cop Rajeev Kumar, Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted him anticipatory bail in the Saradha Chit Fund case.
While granting relief to Rajeev, the Calcutta HC said it is not an appropriate case for custodial interrogation.
The Court has granted bail on a Rs 50,000 bond and has instructed Rajeev to appear before the agency whenever summoned.
Meanwhile, the HC also directed probing agency, CBI, to give a 48-hour notice to Rajeev before summoning him.
After this verdict, the CBI now has the option to appeal in the Supreme Court and sources say they are likely to do so.
CBI counsel, in the last hearing, concluded the submissions and opposed Rajeev’s bail plea during the ‘in-camera’ proceedings, seeking his custodial interrogation.
Earlier, on September 21, a pre-arrest bail plea by Rajeev was rejected by the Alipore District and Sessions Court.
The CBI has served multiple notices to Rajeev to appear before it for questioning in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. He, however, did not appear and has sought more time.