Featured Image: File photo of Manoj Kumar.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 03 May: SUSPENDED Enforcement Directorate officer Manoj Kumar has been remanded to 11 days police custody in connection with the extortion case that he is facing.
The City Sessions Court sent him to Kolkata Police custody until 12 May after Kumar surrendered before the court today morning. The surrender came after both the Calcutta High Court and the Supreme Court rejected his plea for anticipatory bail.
Cops at Shakespeare Sarani police station had questioned Kumar for about six hours on 24 April over allegations of extortion from city traders by misusing his official position.
Police had registered an FIR against Kumar on the basis of a complaint from chartered accountant Kamal Sahani saying that the ED officer had taken Rs 40-lakh bribe citing alleged discrepancies in the tax accounts of traders that Sahani was handling.
Probing into the complaint, police arrested Pradip Hirawat, an alleged agent of Kumar, and found out that Rs 6-7 crore had been transacted through his bank accounts. Hirawat, who recently came out on bail after about a month behind the bars, confessed to police that he was acting on behalf of Kumar.
Following this, fearing arrest, Kumar, formerly an assistant director at ED’s regional office in Kolkata, moved an anticipatory bail application at the Calcutta High Court but it was turned down. He then moved the Supreme Court, but the apex court too rejected his plea and asked him to surrender.
Kumar was suspended by ED in February after his close relationship with Subhra Kundu, the wife of scam-hit Rose Valley Group chairman Gautam Kundu came to light. ED has been probing Rose Valley Group for money laundering.