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Saradha scam: Rajeev Kumar moves SC seeking extension of protection

Former Calcutta top cop's counsel cited a lawyers' strike while appealing for extension

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 20.05.19, 12:22 PM
  • Updated 20.05.19, 12:22 PM
  • a min read
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Rajeev Kumar A Telegraph picture

Rajeev Kumar, the former Calcutta police commissioner, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking an extension of the seven-day protection granted to him by the apex court in connection with the Saradha deposit default scam.

Kumar’s lawyer mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna.

The counsel said the top court had on May 17 granted seven days to Kumar in order to approach the competent court for legal remedies, but they want an extension as lawyers in Calcutta courts are currently on a strike.

Kumar’s counsel said four days have already elapsed and they needed time to approach the competent court in Kolkata.

However, the bench said since the May 17 order was passed by a three-judge bench, they can approach the registry for listing of the matter before an appropriate bench.

“You are a lawyer and you know that CJI is the master of roster,” the bench told Kumar's counsel and asked him to approach the registry for listing of the matter.

On May 17, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Kumar by its February 5 order.

The bench, however, had said that the protection to Kumar would continue for seven days from May 17 to enable him to approach the competent court for relief.