Delhi government on Wednesday suspended principal secretary Rajendra Kumar. Kumar has been accused of misusing his official position and facilitating tenders worth Rs 9.5 crore to a particular company and others. Kumar was sent to five days CBI custody by a court in Delhi on Tuesday.
According to rules, an officer is deemed suspended if he is under custody for more than 48 hours.
Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Rajendra Kumar is among the five people arrested by the CBI on Monday evening.
Kumar who has been accused of favouring private companies in granting government contracts between 2006 and 2014, will be produced in a Delhi court on Tuesday.
According to sources, the CBI had filed an FIR claiming wrongdoing in the awarding of contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore, but investigations point to irregularities in contracts worth Rs 50 crore.
The said contracts were awarded between 2006 and 2014 when Congress’ Shiela Dikshit was the CM of Delhi.
The CBI investigation against Rajendra Kumar claims that Kumar was allegedly involved in a corruption case of Rs 50 crore. The agency claims that in 2006, Kumar established an IT company named Endeavours System Pvt Ltd.
The CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others for alleged abuse of official position by favouring the firm for five Delhi government contracts.
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).
In a press conference held soon after Rajendra Kumar’s arrest, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that Rajendra Kumar’s arrest was a ploy to destabilise the AAP government.
The arrests, Sisodia said, came days after a survey from Punjab revealed that AAP will win the 2017 assembly elections by a wide margin.