Kolkata: Going by all indications, CBI isn’t going to play according to the script that Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee succeeded in getting drafted by the Supreme Court through her anti-CBI dharna in Kolkata.
This is because just as everyone is waiting for CBI’s questioning of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the chit-fund scam probe, the Central agency has decided to start the process with someone else.
It has summoned former Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, whom a state-appointed special investigation team (SIT) led by Kumar had arrested for the scam and he could come out on bail after languishing nearly three years in jail custody.
CBI has asked Ghosh to make himself available for questioning in Shillong on 10 February. Going by the SC order, Shillong is the place where it is question Kumar as well.
Ghosh, who served as an unattached MP after Trinamool suspended him from the party, has confirmed that he has received the CBI summon.
“Since I was granted bail by Calcutta High Court on the condition that I shall cooperate with the investigation, I will surely go to Shillong and appear before CBI,” he said this evening.
The CBI move is interesting as while in the jail, Ghosh had given several media statements wherein he had straightway accused Trinamool leadership, including Mamata Banerjee, of being the beneficiary of the chit-fund scams.
Ghosh had even written a 91-page letter from jail to CBI and the ED narrating how the chit-fund scam was weaved and the political leaders who were actively involved.
In the letter, he had also mentioned about the circumstances in which the scam-hit Saradha Group owner Sudipta Sen had written an 18-page letter for CBI before fleeing Kolkata in 2013 and eventually got arrested by Bengal police from Kashmir.
By questioning Ghosh again, CBI wants to connect all the dots to unearth the larger conspiracy in the chit-fund scam and find out the ultimate beneficiary, sources suggested.
Not only Ghosh, before questioning Kumar, but CBI is also likely to summon a few more Trinamool leaders for questioning in Delhi between 11 and 17 February.
To handle this high-profile investigation, the agency has reconstituted the probe team by inducting 10 experienced officers from Delhi headquarters.
To be led by joint director Pankaj Srivastava, who is in-charge of CBI regional office in Kolkata, the team is scheduled to reach Kolkata tomorrow 8 February.