Kejriwal's principal secy suspended after arrest in graft case

PTI7_5_2016_000167B CBI officials take away Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar after producing him at Patiala House court in a corruption case, in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI Photo

Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was suspended Wednesday by the government following his arrest by CBI in connection with a corruption case.

Since Kumar was arrested on Monday and a day later a city court remanded him to CBI custody for five days, he was suspended by the competent authority, a Home Ministry official said.

Any government servant deemed to be automatically suspended 48 hours after his or her arrest in any case, the official said.

Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of UT cadre, was called along with Tarun Sharma, a Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office, besides three other private persons, for questioning at the CBI headquarters on Monday morning.

After being questioned for half a day, the CBI decided to place the two officers under arrest along with a close aide of Kumar, Ashok Kumar and owners of a private firm Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta.

The CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments".

The charges pressed by the CBI are under sections 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company --Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.-- in bagging five contracts.

The CBI alleged that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015, and claimed that the officials had taken "undue benefit" of over Rs 3 crore while awarding the contract.

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