Kolkata Police Summons CBI Joint Director in Alleged Torture Case

While the police said the summon notice was sent to Pankaj Srivastava's office on Thursday when he was not present, the CBI denied the claim.

Kolkata: The Kolkata police has sent a notice to CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastava, asking him to appear before the investigating officer at the Bhawanipur police station in connection with a complaint registered against him last month.

According to a senior officer of the Kolkata police, Srivastava was directed to appear before the investigating officer within seven days in connection with the case registered last month.

The summon notice was sent to his office on Thursday when Srivastava was not present, the officer said.

The complaint, lodged by one Vaibhav Khattar with the Bhawanipore police station, claimed the CBI illegally detained and tortured him in a case in which he claimed he had no connection.

When contacted, a senior CBI official here denied receiving this communication from the Kolkata Police

“We have not received anything from the Kolkata police,” he said.

Srivastava could not be reached for his comments.

Khattar, an employee of a private mill in West Bengal, was raided by the federal investigating agency August last year in connection with its investigation into the alleged involvement of the mill owner, Dipesh Chandak, in a case of multi-crore fodder scam that had happened in Bihar in the early 90s.

The Kolkata police summons to the CBI joint director (east) comes close on heels of a fierce tiff between the premier investigating agency and the city police over its action against outgoing Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Sarada chit fund scam.

The incident blew up into a major confrontation between the Centre and the West Bengal government after chief minister Mamata Banerjee sat on dharna against the CBI action.

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