Monday’s session, the third straight day of questioning, took the number of hours Kumar has faced CBI interrogators to more than 24. He will now face CBI interrogators again on Tuesday – as the CBI continues its efforts to recreate the events leading to Saradha boss Sudipta Sen slipping out of Kolkata on April 10, 2013, and the first police raids on his offices over a week later – even as all indications are that Ghosh may be allowed to return to Kolkata. Ghosh, who has been critical of the state government’s handling of the Saradha probe in the past, termed his interrogation along with the police commissioner’s as a “moral victory”. Kumar refused to speak to the media.
Kumar was questioned about specific allegations by Ghosh, particularly about events from April 1, 2013, when Sen first tried to slip out of Kolkata, to April 26, 2013, when the state formed an SIT. Sen slipped out of Kolkata on April 10 but, according to Ghosh, they held a meeting at Nizam Palace with “a political bigwig” before leaving. Sen and two of his aides were arrested on April 23.
Some of the questions to Kumar revolved around documents and hard disks among the seizures of several Kolkata police raids. CBI has stressed the charge that not all seized evidence had been handed over by the SIT. Kumar’s line, however, has been that he had several responsibilities as the Bidhannagar police commissioner and the Ponzi probe was only one among them. He delegated responsibilities to his subordinates and colleagues and, therefore, might not be able to talk about specific seizures made after raids six years ago.
The CBI team sought Kumar’s explanation about call-detail records that, they claimed, were doctored or tampered with before they were handed over to the agency.