CBI Arrests Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, Four Others

04/07/2016 6:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the release of Unistar book 'Bhagat Singh's Jail Note Book: Its Context and Relevance', complete notebook, at India Habitat Centre on July 2, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The book has been edited by Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich and Harish Jain and published by Unistar Books, Chandigarh. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested along with four others in a corruption case by CBI on Monday.

Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office, Tarun Sharma, was among those arrested on charges of a scam worth Rs 50 crore. Kumar is alleged to be the mastermind behind the scam that started in 2006.

Last year, CBI officials had carried out raids at the Delhi Secretariat while investigating corruption charges against Rajendra Kumar. After this, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at Prime Minister in a series of tweets where he called Modi a psychopath.

Kejriwal had gone to the extent of alleging that the real target of the CBI raid was not on Kumar but he himself.

“When Modi cudn’t handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice. Modi is a coward and psychopath,” Kejriwal had tweeted.

"Rajender Kumar had played an active role in the process of promising and facilitating award of tender to a pre determined party i.e., M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd due to extraneous considerations and devoid of public interest which shows clear element of abuse of official position and criminal conspiracy among the accused persons including the Directors of the present applicant company," CBI had said in April.

CBI has alleged that Kumar and his other accomplice had used their power and positions to favour the said firm in acquiring tenders allotted by various departments of Delhi government.

According to news reports, Kumar has been booked under Section 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer favoured the firm in winning tenders worth Rs 9.5 crore between 2007-14, news reports said. Kumar has previously held the post of secretary to Kejriwal during his first stint as CM.

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