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High-voltage drama as CBI questions Rajeev Kumar

SHILLONG: When Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar drove in the CBI place of job in Shillong’s Oakland to salutes by the Meghayala Police commandos at 10.48am and left at 7.17pm, the simmering stress increase for the remaining eight-and-a-half hours eased for the primary time on Saturday. The reduction, on the other hand, didn’t remaining lengthy.

Kumar’s access previous in the morning used to be preceded by a disagreement when his criminal suggest and previous Mizoram advocate-general Biswajit Deb, who had accompanied him, used to be “not equipped” the tips he had reportedly sought at the modalities of the wondering. Deb, resources said, got his answers after he hurled the guideline guide and cited the apex court order in the Nandini Satpathy case at the modalities of wondering. Lawyers are not allowed during CBI wondering, but they are able to wait outdoor. Deb, on the other hand, left when the wondering started.

Late night time, even earlier than Kumar stepped out, CBI officers indicated he would be questioned once more on Sunday, when former MP Kunal Ghosh would even be summoned for wondering on the same place of job. Ghosh used to be arrested in November 2013 when Kumar, because the Bidhannagar police commissioner, used to be helping the SIT probe. Out on bail since October 2015, Ghosh has been amongst Kumar’s fiercest critics. Though it’s still not clear whether or not they're going to be examined face-to-face, studies in their wondering at the same day have touched some raw nerves in Kolkata Police.

With a pilot automotive main the way (the Centre had graded Kumar’s private safety at Y class) and a convoy of a few extra automobiles, Kumar won the standard salutes from Meghalaya Police officers as he stepped in to the reception of the one-storey place of job round 10.48am. He had driven without delay from his Tripura Castle lodge, located 5.2 kilometres from the CBI place of job in the upper Shillong area.

Along the best way to this posh residential colony, located slightly 700 metres from the town centre — Police Bazar Chowk — the Meghalaya Police deployed police officers at almost every nook. The CBI place of job used to be guarded by commandos even as an SP and an extra SP managed all the safety preparations.

Incidentally, Meghalaya leader minister Conrad Sangma’s residence is located in the same area. On the way, masses gawked on the convoy — this being the most high-profile wondering that this CBI anti-corruption department (ACB) place of job has witnessed in the contemporary past.

Meghalaya house minister James Sangma said that “elaborate safety preparations had been made” taking into account the Supreme Court’s Tuesday order. Additional SP (crime), Shillong Police, Kamakhya Prasad, said they had been operating under the orders from the Meghalaya govt. “We are repeatedly liaisoning with CBI and Kolkata Police on this subject,” said Prasad.

Travelling in the same automotive with the police commissioner, had been Kolkata Police additional commissioner (I) Jawed Shamim and DCP (STF) Murlidhar Sharma. The CBI, on the other hand, did not permit them to stay again and so they — at the side of Deb — left inside of 10 minutes of the particular investigation beginning round 11am. CBI’s core investigating group — led by CBI deputy SP Tathagata Bardhan — started quizzing Kumar in the first section. Bardhan used to be assisted, amongst others, by 3 SPs. According to resources, extra senior CBI officers had been to sign up for the investigation at a later stage after Kumar equipped his preliminary replies. In reality, a 2nd CBI group led by joint director (Kolkata zone) reached Shillong much later in the day.

The two Kolkata Police officers joined Kumar once more during the one-hour lunch break that started round 2.15pm. Besides the two senior Kolkata police officers, who travelled with Kumar, several officers of the Kolkata Police STF — a crack unit that Kumar had formed — saved a close watch at the tendencies all the way through the day. These officers and males of STF — many hand-picked by Kumar himself — refused to depart the CBI place of job even for a minute. These officers additionally refused to speak to the media.

Before leaving, on the other hand, Kumar’s suggest Deb told the media that his consumer had co-operated with the CBI for eight hours and would achieve this once more on Sunday.

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