Ex-Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday, May 17 moved the Supreme Court seeking an extension of the seven-day protection granted to him by the top court in relation with the Saradha chit fund scam case.
Kumar’s lawyer mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna and said they want an extension of time as lawyers in Kolkata courts are presently on a strike. Kumar’s counsel said four days have already passed and they needed time to approach the competent court in Kolkata.
The bench said since the May 17 order was passed by a three-judge bench, they can approach the registry for the listing of the matter before an appropriate bench. “You are a lawyer and you know that CJI is the master of roster,” the bench told Kumar’s counsel according to the news agency, PTI. They further asked him to approach the registry for the listing of the matter.
On May 17, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Kumar by its February 5 order and had said that the protection to Kumar would continue for seven days starting May 17 to enable him to approach the competent court for relief.