A Delhi court on Monday sent chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former principal secretary, Rajendra Kumar, and six others arrested in an alleged corruption case to three-day CBI custody.
Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar sent Rajendra Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of UT cadre, deputy secretary in Kejriwal’s office Tarun Sharma, Rajendra’s close aide Ashok Kumar, and owners of a private firm, Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Gupta, to the agency’s custody after they were produced before it on the expiry of their one-day judicial remand.
The court also sent RS Kaushik and GK Nanda, the present and former managing directors of a PSU respectively, to three-day CBI custody.
While Rajendra, Tarun, Ashok, Sandeep and Dinesh were earlier in CBI custody for five days, the two other accused who were arrested on Saturday were sent to the agency’s custody on Monday.
During the hearing on Monday, the CBI told the court that it wanted to question the accused arrested earlier along with those nabbed on Saturday.
The agency submitted that six more addresses were revealed during the interrogation of the five accused, from where several more incriminating materials were recovered.
It claimed that during the search, a diary was recovered from which it came to the light that Rs 60 lakh cash was paid by one of the accused to acquire a flat for another accused.
“Fresh discoveries are likely to be made in the case... Huge illegal gratification was given to the accused company (Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd). We have the audio clips which connect of all the accused with each other,” the CBI claimed.
It also told the court that some of the accused were threatening the witnesses and asking them not to cooperate in the investigation.
Regarding Nanda, the agency alleged that he had entered into a conspiracy.
The CBI further claimed that Kaushik had also helped Rajendra in a dishonest manner. Earlier, the CBI
According to the CBI, the five accused arrested earlier were showing undue favours to Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd (ESPL), a private firm allegedly floated by Rajendra, in the award of government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore.
A case was registered against Rajendra and others in December last year for abuse of their official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.
Kaushik and Nanda, of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd — a Delhi government undertaking and a joint venture of Telecommunication Consultants India Ltd and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, were arrested as they were allegedly evasive during questioning.
The accused were charged under section 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy) and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to criminal misconduct for allegedly favouring ESPL in bagging of five contracts.
The CBI has alleged that the accused caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government in awarding of contracts between 2007 and 2015, and that the officials had taken “undue benefit” of over Rs 3 crore.
The agency had earlier received criticism from court, which directed it to return the documents sought by the Delhi government seized during a December 15, 2015, search of Kejriwal’s office.
The arrest of the top state government official had triggered a political storm with the Delhi government accusing the centre of indulging in “political vendetta” and “paralysing” governance.