CBI to challenge court's order chiding it over the raid against Kejriwal's principal secretary

New Delhi: CBI will challenge the order of a special court in New Delhi which has chided the agency for "flouting" procedures with impunity and being "conspicuously ambiguous" in the probe into corruption allegations against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar and others.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Special CBI judge Ajay Kumar made these observations while ordering defreezing of two bank accounts of Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd, which was alleged to have received contracts from Kumar, who, according to the agency's charges, had favoured it by abusing his official position.

"We will contest the said order in an appropriate forum by following the due legal procedures," CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh told PTI.

The Judge said the investigating agency was expected to follow the mandate of law. "However, in present case, CBI flouted this requirement with impunity."

"It is not appropriate that the accounts of the company remain freezed till the conclusion of investigation, particularly when more than three months have already elapsed and there is nothing on record by CBI that by what time they will conclude the investigation," the court said, adding that it could hamper the business of the firm with consequent loss to the livelihood of its employees.

The court noted that CBI, neither in its reply nor during the arguments, could point to any entry in the accounts which suggested that huge bribe amounts were received in it prior to 18 December, 2015.


Updated Date: Apr 08, 2016 08:24 AM

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