Corruption charge

CBI arrests Kejriwal's principal secretary in corruption case

PTI7_4_2016_000206A (File) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar | PTI
  • The central government has stooped to a new low seeing the gains made by the Aam Aadmi Party in Goa, Punjab and other states—Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia

The CBI on Monday arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajender Kumar in a corruption case, a year after sparking a controversy by raiding his office at the Delhi Secretariat.

“Rajender Kumar has emerged as the kingpin of a Rs 50-crore scam which first started in 2006,” ANI quoted a CBI source as saying.

Reports said Kumar and four others have been charged with criminal conspiracy, bribery and misuse of official position in connection with a corruption case. Kumar is accused of favouring privates companies in awarding contracts, allegedly without tenders.

A spokesperson of the investigating agency told media the documents seized from Kumar’s office “prima facie reflect criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct and abuse of official position by the accused persons”.

“The central government has stooped to a new low seeing the gains made by the Aam Aadmi Party in Goa, Punjab and other states,” Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said after Kumar’s arrest.

The CBI had raided Kumar’s office on December 15 last year. During the raid, entry of officials and staff was banned on the third floor of the Delhi Secretariat, from where Kejriwal runs his government.

The CBI searched Mr Kumar's office and residence over complaints that certain private companies had benefited during his postings in the last five years.

Sources say a complaint was filed against Kumar by Ashish Joshi, who was sacked by Kejriwal in May as member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission.

The CBI later denied it searched Kejriwal’s office.

Rajender Kumar is a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service officer who was appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in February, when the Aam Aadmi Party took power for the second time. Like Arvind Kejriwal, Kumar is also an IIT alumnus.

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