The CBI wants to question Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, as he was heading the SIT formed by West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other similar ponzi scheme cases.
The remark was made by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi after passing the order in which a bench headed by him said that Kumar has to make himself available before the CBI for investigation.
Centre asks Mamata government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar
The Union Home Ministry, which is the cadre controlling authority of the Indian Police Service officers in the country, has asked the West Bengal Chief Secretary to initiate the process.
State Advocate General Kishore Dutta prayed for adjournment of the matter since the Supreme Court was already seized of the issue.
While the Supreme Court is seized of the matter, legal experts and former officials throw some light on the huge controversy.
The CBI wanted to question Kumar, who led a special investigation team (SIT) probing the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in 2013, regarding missing documents and files in the case.
The leaders from around 20 opposition parties expressed concern over the issue during a meeting held in senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s room in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Kumar is said to have moved the Calcutta High Court in the matter.
Officials told this newspaper that Kumar has violated service rules by sitting on a dharna alongside West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The comment came a day after Rahul backed Mamata’s move to support detention of CBI officers who had gone to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam.
The CBI official said the Kolkata Police had also refused to acknowledge the request of the CBI seeking cooperation in carrying out its investigation at the residence of city top cop.
BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took a swipe at the unity among opposition parties against the CBI action, describing it as an alliance of the corrupt.
Not missing the opportunity, the BJP promptly pulled out the Congress chief's speech from 2016 when Rahul had attacked the Bengal chief minister, in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
Following an objection by the Union government, Justice Shivakant Prasad refused to give the matter an immediate hearing and listed it for Tuesday.
The MHA will seek report on the role of IPS officers who allegedly obstructed the CBI probe and whether they violated the service conduct rules in Sunday's episode in Kolkata.