In a major blow to Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, CBI on Monday arrested his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar and four others in a corruption case. CBI officials had last year carried out searches at Delhi Secretariat while investigating corruption charges against Rajendra Kumar.
All five accused including Rajendra Kumar will be produced in Delhi’s Patiala House court on Tuesday.
The CBI had in December 2015 registered a case against Kumar and others on allegations that the officer abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.
The raids had been carried out in December 2015, and Kejriwal had then challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dig out anything against his government. He had also alleged that the target of CBI raid was he himself and not senior IAS official Rajender Kumar, whose office and residence were searched.
Kumar had been booked under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.
Rajendra Kumar has emerged as the kingpin of the 50 crore scam which first started activity in 2006, said CBI sources.
The 1989 batch IAS officer, who held several important positions under the previous Congress government, was appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in February when the AAP wrested power for the second term.