rajendra-kumarA Delhi Court on Monday sent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and six others to three-day CBI remand in a corruption case.

Earlier on Sunday, the court had sent Rajendra Kumar and six others to one day’s judicial custody.

Meanwhile on Friday, the CBI forensic lab (CFSL) confirmed the conversation between Rajendra Kumar and the other accused in corruption case. The CFSL confirmed this after examining the audio clips, CBI sources said.

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Ashok Kumar, close aide of Rajendra Kumar, had last week allegedly admitted taking bribes on behest of the latter, CBI sources said.

Kumar and four others were arrested by the CBI on Monday for allegedly showing undue favours to a private company in award of government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore. They were yesterday sent to five days CBI remand by a court.

The arrest of top government official has triggered a political storm with the Delhi government accusing the Centre of indulging in “political vendetta” and “paralysing” governance.

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Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer of union territories cadre, and Tarun Sharma, a Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s office, are those who have been arrested in the case. The other accused are– Ashok Kumar, a former Delhi government employee considered a close aide of Rajendra Kumar, besides owners of the private firm Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta.

The CBI had registered a case in this regard in December last year alleging that Kumar had abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.

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