The CBI has examined two senior officials working with the Indian arm of global software major Microsoft in connection with its probe against Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to the Delhi CM, who is accused of favouring a private firm in award of contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore.
The agency took the officials’ versions to verify if they had any prior association with either the firm or the senior IAS officer named in the agency’s First Information Report (FIR) registered on December 14 last year, said an agency source.
The source said the examination is part of the agency’s exercise to ascertain the role of others in alleged irregularities connected to the case. The officials were examined this week, said the source.
A Microsoft India spokesperson said: “Microsoft has been asked to respond to a few questions as a part of an ongoing investigation and we are supporting the process.”
The agency is yet to determine the status of the Microsoft officials who were examined. “The probe will ascertain their status in the case. As the probe progresses, we will take a call on whether they should be treated as witnesses, suspects or accused.”
A CBI spokesperson, while confirming the examination, declined to comment further. The probe is on.” The agency may examine officials of a few other firms in its probe soon.
The CBI had registered its FIR against Kumar, accusing him of abusing his official position and favouring a private firm, Endeavour Systems Private Limited, in getting five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore from 2007 to 2014 in violation of rules.
Levelling charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct by public servant, the FIR named Kumar and six others, including the firm ESPL, its two directors, and three former and serving officials of the PSU ICSIL.
Most of the contracts under the scanner given in an irregular manner to the firm were via the PSU, the probe found. ICSIL itself was not named as an accused in the FIR. The agency had searched Kumar’s office and his south Delhi residence a day after registering the FIR.