Economic offences, STF with Rajeev

Kumar will hold additional charge of the two departments until further orders

  • Published 2.03.19, 4:17 AM
  • Updated 2.03.19, 4:17 AM
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Former Calcutta police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is currently posted as the state CID chief, has been given additional charge of the state directorate of economic offences and the city police’s special task force.

Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, will hold additional charge of the two departments until further orders, a home department official said.

On February 19, he had been appointed the additional director general of police and inspector general of police in the CID.

The directorate of economic offences investigates financial and economic scams in the state. The special task force is a specialised wing that investigates terror activities.

At present, the directorate of economic offences is investigating several financial scams across the state.

“This change was on the cards. The directorate of economic offences and the STF are handling several sensitive cases that need to be monitored separately,” an official at Nabanna said.

“She (the chief minister) has handpicked the officer (Kumar) for the job.”

Kumar had been in the news for being at loggerheads with the CBI over investigations into the Saradha and Rose Valley scams.

A team of CBI officers had tried to barge into his residence last month when he was the city police chief, apparently to question him as a witness in connection with the Saradha scam.

The move had prompted chief minister Mamata Banerjee to start a sit-in on Chowringhee to protest the CBI action against Kumar.

Acting on the Supreme Court’s order, the CBI had later questioned Kumar for five consecutive days in Shillong.

The apex court has instructed the CBI to submit an affidavit containing evidence to prove their allegation against Kumar that he had tampered with the call detail records of people accused in the Saradha scam.