Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before CBI

Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar failed to appear before the CBI on Tuesday morning in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam case, sources said.

They said Rajeev did not appear for questioning twice in spite of CBI notices after the Kolkata High Court withdrew the protection given to him from arrest on Friday.

The agency had given him notice to appear at 10 am but he failed to turn up, they said.

CBI has started proceeding on "other options" available to it under the law, they said.

The West Bengal DGP, in a letter on Monday, had told the CBI that its notices were sent to Rajeev's official residence and his response is awaited, they added.

In the letter, the top police official had said that through his lawyer, Rajeev had intimated him that he is on leave till September 25.