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Kolkata: Despite daylong efforts, CBI failed to track down IPS officer Rajeev Kumar whom it wants to question in the Saradha Chit-fund Scam.

The Central agency had asked Kumar to appear at its office at CGO Complex around 10 am today 14 September. But until evening, Kumar did not show-up.

Instead, sources said that the IPS officer has sent a mail to the CBI today afternoon asking for a month’s time to appear. He has reportedly cited wife’s illness as the reason for seeking additional time.

However, the CBI is surely in no mood to allow Kumar any more chance to evade a custodial interrogation. Officers of the Central investigating agency today held several rounds of meetings through the day at its local offices at CGO Complex in Salt Lake and Nizam Place in south Kolkata.

Led by joint director Pankaj Srivastava, they went to CBI’s empaneled lawyer YJ Dastoor later on in the afternoon. The meeting with the lawyer, aimed at exploring legal options to nab Kumar, lasted for nearly two hours.

As Srivastava was leaving after the meeting, journalists asked what the CBI is going to do next. “Cannot disclose anything at this point. We will examine the papers,” he said only this much without saying anything more.

Srivastava also did not confirm whether Kumar has actually sent them a mail seeking a month’s time to appear for questioning.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Police have deployed a large number of uniformed men in front of Kumar’s official residence at Park Street. This is apparently to deter any forcible bid by the CBI officers to enter the IPS officer’s residence.

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