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CBI, experts say no illegality involved in raids on Kumar’s office

The CBI raids in Delhi that sparked a political storm on Tuesday were based on an FIR against senior bureaucrat Rajender Kumar of abusing his official position and granting favours to a private firm in bagging state government contracts.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2015 00:56 IST
Abhishek Sharan
Abhishek Sharan
Hindustan Times
Arvind Kejriwal,CBI,Rajender Kumar
Police stand guard outside the Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on December 15, 2015. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accused the CBI of raiding his office, a charge that the investigative agency has denied./(AFP)

As Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal cried foul over the CBI raids on his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office, the probe agency denied any “external influence” behind its action. All the necessary requirements were complied with, it said.

“The probe was initiated after a discreet verification of the facts related to the allegations against the accused bureaucrat and all legal requirements were complied with when carrying out the searches,” a senior CBI officer told HT.

“Our searches were done after getting search warrants from a city court. The court granted our requests after going through the facts of the case and the FIR. Only the office premise of Kumar was searched at Delhi Secretariat, nobody else’s was touched, “ he said.

The agency’s claim was backed by its former director Joginder Singh. “There is no illegality involved in the raids. Permission was taken from a Delhi court which issued a search warrant. They (CBI) have only implemented the court’s orders,” Singh told HT.

“Had there been any illegality in the action, they (Kejriwal government) could have gone to the Delhi high court today itself,” the former CBI director said.

The agency carried out searches at 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. “A lot of incriminating documents were recovered, whose details will be submitted to the court as part of the search-cum-seizure memo,” said the officer. The contents of the documents are being scrutinised by the agency for leads of evidentiary value, he said.

The officer did not comment on whether Kumar is likely to be arrested, especially in view of his alleged non-cooperation with the CBI in letting it access his email accounts. On being asked by HT if the agency would need any approval for making his arrest, in case such a possibility arises, the officer said, “No sanction will be required to arrest an accused in such a case.”

(With inputs from Satya Prakash)

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First Published: Dec 15, 2015 16:02 IST