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Kolkata: Twenty-four hours since Calcutta High Court lifted the protection from arrest that it had granted to IPS officer Rajeev Kumar, he continuous to be elusive.

There is no information on his whereabouts ~ people in his office at Bhavani Bhavan at Alipore in the city or at his official residence at Park Street claim to be clueless.

The IPS officer, who is currently an additional director general (CID), did not attend office yesterday. CBI officers who had turned up at his Park Street residence last afternoon where told by family members that he is not home.

This is even as there is a previous order from the High Court that Kumar cannot leave Kolkata without the consent of the court. His Passport is also lying with the CBI.

Unable to find or contact Kumar after the High Court lifted his protection yesterday, CBI officers had served a notice at his residence. He was asked to appear at CBI’s regional office at CGO Complex at Salt Lake at 10 am today 14 September.

However, until noon, the IPS officer has neither shown up nor has he sent any communiqué to the CBI. With Kumar being elusive, CBI has flown in to Kolkata a senior officer from Delhi especially to handle his case.

Since February this year, CBI has been trying to get Kumar on custody for questioning in the multi-crore Saradha Chitfund Scam.

The allegation against him is that as the then head of a special investigation team (SIT) formed by the Bengal government in 2013, Kumar had suppressed or destroyed crucial evidence so to shield some powerful politicians.

Until yesterday, the High Court had provided a protection to him from being arrested by the CBI. With the legal shield gone, the former police commissioner of Kolkata has now become elusive.

Sources suggested that Kumar is camping somewhere in Kolkata itself and waiting for Monday to file a petition challenging the High Court’s latest order. His allegation is that CBI is unnecessarily targeting him and is desperate to arrest him for no purpose.