In the ongoing probe into the alleged bribery case against suspended Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister, CBI on Saturday arrested former and present Managing Directors of a PSU for allegedly favouring a private company in awarding of tenders.
Both R S Kaushik and his predecessor G K Nanda, present and former Managing Directors of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd (ICSIL), a Delhi Government undertaking which is a joint venture of Telecommunication Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, were taken into custody.
The two have been arrested as they were allegedly evasive during their questioning. They will be produced before a competent court tomorrow, Chief Information officer of CBI R K Gaur said in New Delhi.
CBI also claimed that the duo had been intimidating some of the officers whom the CBI had been calling for questioning in the case involving Kumar, suspended Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
With these fresh arrests, the number of people nabbed by the CBI has gone up to six. Besides Kumar, Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s officer Tarun Sharma and two owners of Endeavour Systems Private Limited– Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta– have been arrested by the agency.
All of them have been named in the FIR by the CBI for allegedly abusing official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.
The case has been registered under 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 in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.
The CBI had also conducted searches at six premises—in Delhi, Noida and Agra–including office of Kumar’s Chartered Accountant (CA) in the national capital during which they claimed to have recovered Rs 27 lakh in cash.
The CBI claimed that investigation so far show that the money from the accounts of M/s ESPL was routed to a Noida-based firm and a real-estate company and a publication in Agra.
The arrest of the top Delhi government official had triggered a political storm with the Delhi government accusing the Centre of indulging in “political vendetta” and “paralysing” governance.