CBI court remands Delhi principal secy, four others to 5-day police custody in graft case

Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and four others were arrested by the CBI on Monday evening in connection with a corruption case.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2016 5:32 pm

A CBI special court on Tuesday sent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and four others to 5-day police custody in a graft case.

This development comes hours after an accused told a Delhi court today that the CBI pressurised him to become an approver.

During the hearing, accused Dinesh Gupta said in a Delhi court that CBI pressurized him to become an approver in the case. Rajendra Kumar’s lawyer also told the court that CBI could not prove wrongful gains even in seven months of investigation.

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Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and four others were arrested by the CBI on Monday evening in connection with a case of showing undue favours to a private company in award of government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore.

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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”.

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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.

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