West Bengal’s new DGP Rajeev Kumar is mired in controversy.

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IPS Rajeev Kumar with CM Mamata Banerjee

In 2009, during the opposition in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) accused Kolkata Police Special Task Force (STF) chief Rajeev Kumar of tapping the phone of then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. . Then a decade later in 2019, the state’s Chief Minister Banerjee opposed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation against Kumar in the Sharda chit fund case, and now the TMC government of West Bengal has accused the same Rajiv Kumar. Director General has been appointed. State Police on 27 December 2023. (DGP) and Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Close to Mamata, controversy and accolades were always with her.

Let us tell you that Rajeev Kumar (57) is currently Principal Secretary in Information and Technology Department. He is considered close to CM Mamata Banerjee and is known for his expertise in investigations and electronic surveillance. Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s favorite officer Rajeev Kumar’s career has been shrouded in both controversy and acclaim. Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, holds an engineering degree from IIT Roorkee. He has held important posts like Commissioner, Joint Commissioner (STF) and Director General (CID) of Kolkata Police. Under his leadership, Kolkata Police’s STF operations against the Maoists were much talked about. He played an important role in capturing Chhatradhar Mehto, an important figure of the Lalgarh movement.

Allegation of Mamata’s phone being tapped in 2009

Rajeev, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, faced allegations from then TMC national general secretary Mukul Rai while serving as STF chief in 2009. Rai had accused him of tapping the phone of then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee at the behest of the Left Front government. In 2011, when the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC came to power by defeating the Left Front, attempts were made to transfer Kumar to a less important post, but senior police officers intervened and blocked the move.

The chairman of Sharda Group was arrested.

After that, when Bedhanagar Police Commissionerate was established in the year 2012, Rajeev Kumar became its first Commissioner. In 2013, when the Sharda chit fund scam came to light and the TMC government was under a lot of pressure, Rajeev Kumar arrested Sharda Group chairman Sudipta Sen and partner Debjani Mukherjee from Kashmir. Kumar headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and was praised and criticized for his closeness to the ruling government. In November 2013, the then rebel TMC MP Kunal Ghosh was arrested by the SIT. He is currently the spokesperson of the party.

The Election Commission has transferred.

In May 2014, on the plea of ​​senior Congress leader Abdul Manan, the Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe into the chit fund scam. Kumar was appointed as the 21st Police Commissioner of Kolkata in February 2016. During the 2016 assembly elections, the Election Commission decided to remove him from office, but Mamata Banerjee reinstated him after returning to power for the second consecutive term.

A CBI inquiry has also been conducted into the scam.

On 3 February 2019, when a CBI team went to Rajeev Kumar’s house to question him in connection with the scam, he was stopped and the use of central agencies against opposition to the BJP-led central government led by Chief Minister Banerjee. She sat on a strike accusing them of doing so. were Kumar was then the Police Commissioner of Kolkata. Following the court’s order, the CBI interrogated him in Shillong, Meghalaya in connection with the Sharda case investigation.

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