Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, against whom the CBI lodged a graft case, has moved a special court seeking the release of his laptop, iPad and cash seized during the investigation against him.
Kumar has moved a plea before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, stating that his articles should be returned as the investigation was over and the items would be of no use to the probe agency. The CBI has sought more time to file a reply on the plea. The next hearing is on April 18.
In his plea, Kumar said the CBI can keep the back-up of the data stored in the laptop and iPad with them but release the articles, including the cash.
On December 15 last year, the CBI had raided Kumar’s office in connection with the case. According to the CBI, “Rajender Kumar had played an active role in promising and facilitating an 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. This shows a clear element of abuse of official position and criminal conspiracy among the accused persons, including the directors of the present applicant company.”
The CBI had registered the case against Kumar and others on allegations that he had abused his position by “favouring” the firm in getting tenders from the government.