CBI arrests Arvind Kejriwal’s top aide for graft

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Delhi government’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar over the graft charges. Kumar, top aide of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, was facing a probe over the alleged irregularities in the case of procuring computers for Delhi government in 2006. Four other persons have been arrested in the matter as well.

“Allegations against the all the accused, including a senior Delhi government official, related to bribery and abuse of position against them… The matter is under further probe,” said CBI spokesperson RK Gaur.

Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s office, Tarun Sharma, is among the five persons arrested by the CBI. All the five accused will be produced before the designated court on Tuesday.

Soon after the CBI’s press conference, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia too addressed the press alleging vendetta on the part of Central government.

“They are trying to paralyse the Chief Minister’s office… Centre is not letting the elected government of Delhi to work. We want to say that even if a single officer is left with us, we’ll serve the public of Delhi,” Sisodia said.

According to the reports thus far, Rajendra Kumar had in 2006 allegedly awarded government contract to a firm without following a due process causing the state government loss of Rs 50 Crores.

The matter had come to prominence last year when CBI had raided Rajendra Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the ruling AAP party had then accused the Centre and especially Prime Minister Modi of targeting the Delhi government. This was another in the series of stand-off between the AAP-led Delhi government and the Centre run by BJP.

Rajendra Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, was appointed Principal Secretary to the CM in February last year, when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in the national capital with a thumping 67 seat majority in a 70-member Delhi assembly.