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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court today withdrew the protection from an arrest that it had granted to Bengal IPS officer and the former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha Chit-fund Scam.

Armed with the order, a CBI team went to Kumar’s official residence at Park Street in the afternoon. They were told that Kumar is on a leave and he did not go to office today.

Following this, the CBI has served notice at his residence asking him to appear for questioning at 10 am tomorrow 14 September.

Kumar was the head of a special investigation team (SIT) that Mamata Banerjee government had formed in 2013 to probe the Saradha Chit-fund Scam. Later, at the direction of the Supreme Court, CBI took over the investigation.

CBI alleges that the SIT led by Kumar had suppressed or destroyed several crucial documents and evidence related to the scam. The agency had tried to take Kumar into custody on 3 February this year but the move was forcibly foiled by Kolkata Police.

Peeved over the CBI drive, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had held a three-day dharna at Metro Channel in the city.

In response, CBI had moved the Supreme Court, which made Kumar to face questioning by the agency in Shillong. But the SC granted Kumar interim protection from arrest.

The apex court then referred the case to Calcutta High Court, which too extended Kumar with interim protection from arrest.

Justice Madhumita Mitra of the High Court finally withdrew the protection today saying that it amounts to interfering with the investigation.