With Rajeev Kumar, the commissioner of Kolkata Police, being interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the third consecutive day on Monday and the West Bengal government being directed by the ministry of home affairs to start departmental proceedings against its top five IPS officials, Mamata Banerjee’s government seems to be in the middle of an unprecedented crisis.
The five top cops against whom action is sought are director general of police, additional director general of police (law and order), commissioner of Kolkata Police, director of chief minister’s security, and commissioner of Bidhannagar (Salt Lake). Kumar is likely to be questioned by the CBI for three to four more days, said sources aware of the developments. In the past three days, the commissioner was questioned for almost 26 hours which included a joint interrogation session for at least three hours with former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh. Ghosh has been served a two-year jail term and is now out on bail. He was arrested in connection with the chit fund scam case.
After almost 11 hours of grilling, Kumar came out of the CBI office at around 10.45 pm on Sunday and had been asked to appear again on Monday for the third consecutive day. According to sources, Kumar has even been questioned about cases registered in other states.