TDN World Desk: The CBI had approached the apex court challenging the anticipatory bail granted to Kumar by Calcutta High Court in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam. In a hearing plea the Supreme Court on Friday sought response from West Bengal cadre IPS officer Rajeev Kumar.

While issuing notice to Kumar, a bench headed by Chief justice S A Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the agency has to convince the top court why custody of the former Kolkata Police Commissioner was needed in the case.

Mehta told the bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, that Kumar was earlier fleeing for quite some time and he has suppressed relevant papers which were collected by him during the probe, when he was part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the West Bengal government for probing the scam in 2014.

The probe agency had filed an appeal in the apex court against the October 1 order of the Calcutta High Court which had granted him the relief saying it was not an appropriate case for custodial interrogation.

The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.

The Saradha chit fund scam was unearthed in 2013 when Kumar chaired the Bidhannagar Police commissioner post.