Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was on Monday arrested by the CBI in connection with a corruption case.
Delhi Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar. PTI
Reports said that four other people have also been arrested in connection with the case involving graft in purchase of computers. "Rajendra Kumar is the kingpin of a Rs 50 crore scam," NDTV quoted CBI sources as saying.
A CBI official said that the arrested accused will produced in a Delhi court on Tuesday. Further investigations will continue.
Kumar is a 1989-batch IAS officer. In March this year, CBI had called the staff of Rajendra Kumar for questioning in connection with the case.
The CBI had conducted a raid on Kumar's office on 15 December last year at the Delhi Secretariat. It had said that the documents seized from the office of Kumar "prima facie reflect criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct and abuse of official position by the accused persons".
Kumar had also been questioned for nine hours along with two other accused as the agency tried to look for a quid pro quo in the corruption case against him. Despite repeated queries on the alleged benefits, if at all, received by Kumar for purportedly favouring a software firm, CBI sources limited themselves to saying that the owners of the firm had worked with Kumar "at some point of time".
Along with Kumar, CBI had also examined the owner of Endeavour Systems Private Limited Dinesh Gupta and Managing Director of Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL) RS Kaushik in New Delhi at its headquarters.
The CBI's raid had evoked a sharp reaction from Kejriwal who had accused the agency of searching files "unrelated" to the probe against Kumar and had claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised by it.
The Delhi government had alleged that the CBI officials were trying to cover the irregularities in the DDCA under the leadership of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, according to ANI. The government also said that the CBI officials were threatening Kumar and asking him to reveal the names of DDCA officials who had met CM Kejriwal.
"They are threatening him to reveal information regarding meeting of DDCA officials. They are putting pressure on him to reveal the names of DDCA officials who gave the information. If they are trying to threaten the principal secretary in order to hide the corruption under DDCA, then Delhi Government will not accept this," ANI had quoted Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia as saying.