Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:
Having interrogated and arrested chit fund company executives, builders, media persons and politicians in connection with the Odisha chit fund scam, the CBI on Sunday turned its attention to senior police officials.
Rajesh Kumar, DIG of north-central range based in Talcher, was interrogated by CBI officials for over three hours. He went in at about 9.20 am and came out at about 12.30 pm.
Kumar is believed to have been questioned about his links with Subhankar Nayak, the fixer arrested by the CBI who used to swing deals and build bridges with the top echlons of the administration on behalf of the money.
Emerging out of the interrogation, he evaded queries from the waiting media persons. All that he was willing to say was; “I have told the CBI whatever I had to tell them.”
He is the first IPS officer to be questioned in connection with the scam. Significantly, as the DIG, Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch, before taking over as north-central DIG, Kumar was in charge of the inestigation into the chit fund scam. The CBI took over the probe later under orders from the Supreme Court.
Rajesh Kumar’s name figured prominently in the diaries seized from the house of Subhankar Nayak, the shadowy fixer who appears to have moved things in bureaucratic and police circles on behalf of the Seashore group of companies, as a recipient of money.
The explosive details of the diaries, which became public on Saturday, threaten to drag several IAS and IPS officers into the ongoing investigation of the chit fund scam/