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Live: Centre attacking Delhi govt through CBI, says Sisodia on Rajendra Kumar's arrest
  • 17:08 (IST)

    Five-day police custody for accused

    A CBI Court remands all five accused, including Delhi Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar to 5-day police custody, tweeted ANI.

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Dinesh Gupta alleges CBI pressure

    According to a tweet by ANI, Dinesh Gupta, the owner of a private company which bagged five contracts with the help of Delhi Principal Secy Rajendra Kumar, who was arrested, said that CBI pressurised him to become an approver in the corruption case.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Order at 5 pm on Tuesday

    The Prosecutor while seeking custody said that there were some evidences still surfacing that may lead to charges of forgery charges, reported ANI.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Why arrest him now, Delhi court asks CBI

    Delhi Court asks CBI "if you registered case in Dec 2015 then what was necessity to arrest Delhi Principal Secy Rajendra Kumar) now?", reports ANI.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    (Updates begin for 5 July)

    Centre attacking Delhi govt through CBI: Sisodia

    "The central government is trying to bypass the Delhi government and trying to run the Delhi government through undemocratic means," said Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. "Centre is attacking Delhi government through CBI," he added.

    Sisodia also said that even the courts could not find any substance in the charges against Rajendra Kumar.

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Details of the charges against Rajendra Kumar

    After being questioned for half a day, the CBI decided to place the two officers under arrest along with a close aide of Kumar, Ashok Kumar and owners of a private firm Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta.

    The CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments".

    The charges pressed by the CBI are under sections 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company — Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd — in bagging five contracts.

    The CBI alleged that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi Government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015, and claimed that the officials had taken "undue benefit" of over Rs three crore while awarding the contract.

    "The allegations relate to bribery and abuse of official position by the said senior civil servant and others to favour a Delhi based private company in award of contracts of Delhi government," CBI's Chief Press Information officer RK Gaur said. - PTI

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Rajendra Kumar allegedly received over Rs 3 crore as bribe, says report

    Times Now reported that Rajendra Kumar received over Rs 3 crore as bribe, according to CBI sources.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    There is something here that is worrying AAP: Nalin Kohli

    "If the CBI has got evidence, they deserve credit. Supreme Court has been handing over case after case to CBI. In terms of attacking anyone, I think that is the only thing AAP does. They use highly derogatory language at times," said BJP leader Nalin Kohli.

    "Maybe there is something here that is worrying AAP," he said.

  • 19:23 (IST)

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is attending an Iftar party in Punjab. He may make a statement on Rajendra Kumar's arrest.

  • 19:11 (IST)

    Why is AAP trying to protect an allegedly corrupt person? says BJP's Sambit Patra

    "Whenever any allegations of corruption are made, the first step they (AAP leaders) take is to shout at PM Modi and the NDA government. This is highly immature," BJP's Sambit Patra told Times Now.

    "When Rajendra Kumar was occupying various positions under the Congress regime, there were many cases against him. Everything was in the public domain. Shouldn't they have investigated these charges against him?" Patra said.

    "Why is the AAP trying to protect a person who is allegedly corrupt?" he said. "To relate everything to an election is absolutely political."

  • 18:58 (IST)

    This is happening because AAP is winning elections: Sisodia

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Political war of words breaks out over Rajendra Kumar's arrest

    "Anybody linking this arrest to the cabinet reshuffle must be out of his mind," said BJP's Sudhanshu Mittal, who added that the AAP was coming up with bad excuses for its government's poor performance.

    "All parties claim to be anti-corrupt. If the CBI has arrested him, let them produce the evidence," JD(U)'s Pawan Verma told Times Now. He added that the Modi government had also claimed to be anti-corrupt but failed to act on the Vyapam scam.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    BJP lashes out at AAP

    Satish Upadhyay, BJP leader, reacted on Kumar's arrest and said, "Arvind Kejriwal needs to answer the people about corruption charges against his Principal Secretary."

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Rajendra Kumar to be produced in Patiala House court on Tuesday

  • 18:41 (IST)

    Sisodia questions timing of arrest

    "11 senior officers of the Delhi government were transferred. The way in which officers are being removed by the central government is really cheap," Sisodia further said. "Centre is trying to destabilise the Delhi government, which is trying to do constructive work in areas like education," he said.

    Sisodia also questioned the timing of the arrest. He said that the government was trying to gain political points by getting Rajendra Kumar arrested at this time.

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Centre trying to destabilise Delhi govt: Sisodia

    "In the last 23 years, no central government has stooped so low. Yesterday, at an AAP rally, the people accepted the success of the AAP," Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.

    "The central government is just worried and  is thus resorting to such cheap tactics. They are planning a strategy to penalise the Delhi government," he said.

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

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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated Date: Jul 05, 2016 17:08:36 IST

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