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CBI wants to humiliate me: Ex-Kolkata CP to SC

New Delhi: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar Thursday told the Supreme Court that the CBI wanted his custodial interrogation in the Saradha chit fund scam "just to humiliate" him and it should not be allowed to abuse the process of law.

However, CBI told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that they were seeking vacation of interim protection granted to Kumar by the apex court as some crucial evidence, collected by the West Bengal Police SIT which was probing the case earlier, was not shared with it despite repeated requests. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, reserved order on the CBI's application.

The probe agency has told the court that custodial interrogation of Kumar, who was earlier heading the SIT, was necessary since there was prima facie evidence that he had allegedly tried to destroy or tamper with evidence and "shield high and mighty" in the case. During the hearing on Thursday, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Kumar, told the bench that CBI's plea seeking custodial interrogation of Kumar was a "mala fide exercise". "What is the mens rea (intention or knowledge of wrongdoing) in this? Where is the criminal intent to demand custodial interrogation?," Jaising said.

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