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CBI case looms on cops
- Stench of destruction of Saradha evidence

New Delhi, July 18: The CBI is likely to file cases against some senior Bengal police officers for alleged suppression and destruction of evidence in the Saradha default case if they failed to hand over some “key” documents.

“Bengal police are yet to give some important documents and files relating to the inter-state deposit-mobilisation racket. We have sent a reminder to the director-general of Bengal police to give us the documents. They told us some files are yet to be traced. If they fail to hand over the documents, we will have no option but to take legal action against them,” a CBI source said.

Charges could be brought under Section 204 of the IPC, which deals with suppression and destruction of evidence. The section carries a maximum punishment of two years in jail or a fine or both.

CBI director Ranjit Sinha said: “It has been a month (since he wrote to the Bengal chief secretary) and they are yet to hand over those files. If we find that there is suppression of evidence, it will warrant penal action.”

A CBI officer said: “We got several documents from Bengal police, including the case files, copies of FIRs and seizure lists. But some key documents are yet to be traced.”

The officer also questioned the modus operandi of Bengal police, who had rushed to a bank in Salt Lake at midnight in April to break open a locker of Piyali Sen, the wife of Saradha chief Sudipta Sen.

“The role of some Bengal police officers is under the scanner. The midnight action indicates that someone was trying to hide something, which resulted in such desperation. We are in touch with our legal team,” a CBI officer said.

The officer said the preliminary probe had “revealed the involvement of politicians and influential people” in the default scam. “We need all documents before recording the statements of the influential people, including some Bengal politicians,” he added.