The Supreme Court has pass order the interim stay on the arrest of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar in the Saradha chitfund case. The court said that today’s order will be applicable from 7 days onwards. Until then, Rajiv Kumar’s arrest will not be possible. After that CBI can arrest Rajiv Kumar. During this period, they can file an anticipatory bail application in another court.

However, Rajeev Kumar’s counsel had countered CBI’s submissions and told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the agency wanted his custodial interrogation “just to humiliate” him and CBI should not be allowed to abuse the process of law.

Rajeev Kumar’s counsel had told the bench that CBI’s application seeking custodial interrogation of the IPS officer was a “mala fide exercise”.

Rajeev Kumar was earlier heading the West Bengal Police’s special investigation team (SIT) probing the chit fund scam. The apex court had in May 2014 directed the CBI to investigate the case.

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