Was forced to implicate CM, claims Kejriwal’s ex-aide

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FILE: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Raj Niwas in New Delhi. Photo - PTI

FILE: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Raj Niwas in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s former top aide Rajendra Kumar, accused in a graft case, has alleged that CBI interrogators sought him to implicate the Chief Minister. Kumar’s arrested by the CBI in July last year had sparked another bitter battle between the AAP government in Delhi and the Centre.

Chargesheeted in the case of alleged irregularities in procuring computers for Delhi government in 2006, Kumar is now seeking a seeking voluntary retirement.

“I was repeatedly told that I would be let free if I implicate Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” Kumar alleged in a letter written to the Delhi Chief Secretary, adding, “this may be this was the reason for the agency to go to such extraordinary length”.

In his letter, Rajendra Kumar further stated that he has never earlier experienced the kind of such utter disregard for system, process, protocol, transparency, decency which he had experienced first-hand in his own case.

Referring to the CBI probe in the graft case against him, he alleged, “… the CBI, just to force people to implicate me and the Chief Minister, has beaten up dozens of people and some of them sustained permanent major injuries.”

Rajendra Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was appointed Principal Secretary to the CM in February 2015, 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.

Kumar, who also served in the previous Sheila Dikshit government, claimed his troubles started soon after he was invited by Kejriwal to work with him in AAP’s first stint in the government in December 2013.

Last month, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against Kumar for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act along with eight others and Endeavour Systems private Limited.

It was alleged by CBI in the FIR that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi Government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015. The FIR had also claimed that the officials had taken “undue benefit” of over Rs three crore while awarding the contract.

(With inputs from the PTI)