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Court tells CBI to give photocopies of files seized from Rajendra Kumar's office to Delhi govt

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday directed the CBI to give the city government photocopies of files seized from the office of Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. On December 15, the CBI raided the office of Rajendra Kumar in connection with a "corruption" case. The CBI denied has Kejriwal's claim that it was searching his office after which Kejriwal has mounted a fierce attack on the BJP.

 Court tells CBI to give photocopies of files seized from Rajendra Kumars office to Delhi govt

Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Special Judge Vinod Kumar of the Patiala House Court directed the investigating agency to provide photocopies of the files duly attested by a responsible officer by December 28.

In the application, the government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi said the documents were seized by the CBI from the office of the principal secretary and his personal staff, and requested the court that the CBI should at least supply copies of the files to the government.

The court order said the senior public prosecutor for the CBI has conceded to this request.

Accordingly, the court directed that photocopies of the files, duly attested by a responsible officer, may be supplied to an officer duly authorised by the government of the NCT of Delhi by December 28.

"Such authorised officer shall collect the aforesaid copies from the office of the CBI during working hours.

"However, it is made clear that the question of return of original files/documents shall be determined by the concerned court," it added posting the matter for January 6.

The application, filed by the Delhi government through standing counsel Rahul Mehra and Richa Kapoor, urged the court to direct the CBI to release the documents to the government seized "indiscriminately" by the CBI which are not related/essential for the purpose of investigation in the case.

The plea also sought initiation of "stringent action against erring officials responsible for raiding malafidely the office of the Delhi government and seizing documents to cause immense dislocation of work in the government office.

It said the entire work and functioning of the office was "greatly hampered, paralysed and dislocated".

Kejriwal's fiercest attack on Modi

Mounting a fierce attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded his resignation over what he termed was a "flop raid" by the CBI at the Delhi Secretariat to "protect" Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged DDCA scam. "His blood boils when he hears my name," Kejriwal said, upping the aggression against Modi barely 24 hours after Jaitley filed defamation cases against AAP.

Calling December 15, when CBI conducted the raid at the office of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, a "black day", Kejriwal tore into Modi and dared him to act against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Kejriwal also defended Rajendra Kumar against allegations of graft committed in his official capacity under the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government.

"He's being mentally harassed. CBI has got nothing against him in the last eight days. If I can remove my minister and babu for committing corruption, it is also my duty to protect honest officers," he said participating in a discussion in the state Assembly on the situation arising out of the raid at the Delhi Secretariat and alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association under Jaitley's watch.

Kumar was seated in the officers' gallery of the Assembly during the proceedings.

"Prime Minister should be ashamed of himself" over the raids, Kejriwal said and went on to take a series of jibes at Modi over "Rs 10 lakh suit" and foreign trips.

"He is fulfilling his dreams now as earlier he did not get a visa. Delhi is all right whenever he is out of the city. Whenever he's back everything goes haywire," Kejriwal said speaking during the one-day special session of the Assembly which passed a resolution to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in DDCA.

"I seek the Prime Minister's resignation for conducting such a flop raid and for misusing the CBI. If he uses the CBI to get any file then the country will have no democracy left. Tomorrow there can be raids on any Chief Minister. This is dangerous for the country's federal structure," Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister, against whom Jaitley has filed both civil and criminal defamation suits, further alleged that the CBI was specifically looking for a file "containing a note" with "incriminating" details.

"A DDCA whistle blower used to meet me. That officer told me that there was a meeting of DDCA officials, where Jaitley had told them no not worry about SFIO as he will get it compounded.

"He (Jaitley) said that he will ensure quashing of cases that come to Delhi police and, if AAP sets up a commission of inquiry, he will get it null and void through 'our special man' LG. It was written in that file," Kejriwal claimed.

IANS & PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 24, 2015 07:51:04 IST