New Delhi After a weekslong legal battle between

first_imgNew Delhi: After a weeks-long legal battle between the CBI and Rajeev Kumar, the central agency recieved a huge blow as the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted the former Kolkata Police Commissioner anticipatory bail in the Saradha chit fund case.The legal tussle that involved Kumar’s lawyers going to at least three separate courts in the state before submitting the bail plea in the High Court ended when a bench ordered that Kumar be released on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 50,000, in the event that the agency arrests him. The bench of Justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta also said that the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe was not at a stage where the ex-top cop’s arrest was required, directing Kumar to appear before agency officially as and when called. But interestingly, the court also ordered the CBI to give Kumar, who is currently the ADGP (CID) of West Bengal Police, a 48-hour notice-period before calling him in to assist with the investigation. The CBI is all set to challenge this order, with sources claiming this was a minor setback in the investigation. Officials said they would study the High Court order and then move the Supreme Court of India to challenge it. The CBI had constituted a special team soon after an earlier Calcutta High Court order had lifted Kumar’s arrest shield on September 13. This team comprising of more than 10 officials from Delhi and UP had arrived in the state, specifically to locate the senior IPS officer, but returned after two weeks of unsuccessful attempts. Kumar has not been seen in public since September 13. Meanwhile, the CBI had tried to obtain a non-bailable warrant for his arrest from again three separate courts, most recently of which was disposed of by the Alipore District and Sessions court. Kumar’s lawyers had recently told the High Court in Kolkata that the CBI was “hounding me like anything”, despite being aware that Kumar was on leave from September 1 and had said he would join the probe when he gets back.last_img read more