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Saradha chit fund case: SC says can’t close eyes to ‘very, very serious’ facts in CBI status report

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very very serious facts” are disclosed.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2019 15:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
New Delhi
Saradha Chit Fund,Supreme COurt,Rajeev Kumar
A view of the Supreme Court, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The Supreme Court Tuesday termed as “very, very serious” the revelations made by CBI in its fresh status report relating to the recent interrogation of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very, very serious facts” are disclosed to it and directed CBI to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT on the chit fund case.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, granted 10 days to the probe agency for filing the application.

Kumar and others can respond to the plea seven days thereafter.

Supreme Court said that as the CBI’s status report was filed in a sealed cover, it cannot pass any order at the moment without hearing the other side.

The apex court was hearing the CBI’ contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government including state’s DGP and then Kolkata police chief on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged destruction of evidence.

First Published: Mar 26, 2019 15:17 IST