The duo between CBI and Kolkata Police continues as after the the Supreme Court, while hearing the matter on Tuesday, directed the Kolkata Police Commissioner to join the CBI probe at a neutral place — in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong on Saturday, the police visited offices of Angela Mercantiles Private Limited, a financial firm that has been linked in the past with CBI additional director-general M Nageswara Rao’s family, a day before the hearing on Friday.
While confirming the raids, Kolkata Police’s Joint CP (Crime) Praveen Tripathy “Reports claiming that police conducted raid (on firm) with links to a senior police officer are incorrect. Kolkata Police has conducted raid on Angela Mercantile Pvt Ltd, a company owned by one Praveen Agarwal, who has not registered his firm as per law,” as quoted by The Indian Express.
Rao was interim CBI director when in a high drama in front of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s official residence on Loudon Street on Sunday a team of CBI officers approached the house, but they were stopped by city police personnel, who also forcibly took the federal probe agency officers to a police station.
Reportedly, a couple of police teams reached an office on Dalhousie’s Clive Row and in a Salt Lake CA 39 building on Friday.
According to a report by MilleniumPost, Kolkata Police team had conducted raids a couple of months back at the offices of Angela Mercantiles Private Ltd (AMPL) in connection with a case of Bowbazar police station. AMPL which is a non-banking finance company (NBFC), which is has a registered office on 5 Clive Row. The team that reached that Salk Lake CA-39 address was used by the firm as an office till October 2018.
The company had several transactions with wife and daughter of Rao. Only last year he had shared a statement, denying all the charges Rao had explained the relationship of his wife with the firm. Reports suggested that she had taken a loan from the firm in order to buy a property in Andhra Pradesh. Rao’s wife had later repaid the loan after selling her ancestral property, part of which she had also invested in Angela Mercantiles.