In a setback to former top cop of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed his plea seeking an extension of an order granting protection from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam case.
A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising newly-minted Justices Surya Kant and B R Gavai said the petition was not maintainable in the court and directed Kumar to approach the appropriate courts in West Bengal.
Justice Arun Mishra said, “The gentleman knows the law better than other young lawyers, the courts are functioning only the lawyers are on strike.”
The Bench added that litigants have been approaching the courts in the state to seek relief and Kumar knowing the law can definitely approach the appropriate court.
In a fresh plea filed on Thursday, Kumar had appealed that if he was arrested it would not only tarnish his reputation but also adversely impact his impeccable service record.
Also, that the arrest will lead to his automatic suspension from government services. He alleged that “CBI officers are certainly working under some kind of illegal diktats and instructions to target him”.
Advocate Sunil Fernandes, appearing for Kumar, argued that courts in West Bengal were not functioning due to cease work organised by advocate forum of the state.