Three weeks after he was arrested by the CBI for allegedly abusing his official position by favouring a private firm in securing tenders from the Delhi government, a special court Tuesday granted bail to IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, who served as principal secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The court observed that “no purpose will be served by keeping Kumar behind bars”, and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh. “The present case is admittedly based on documents. The accused had joined investigation when called by the CBI. He was in custody for 23 days and has been questioned…” said Special Judge Arvind Kumar.
Questioning the CBI on its arguments that Kumar”threatened witnesses”, the special judge asked the CBI why Kumar was not arrested for four months despite a witness recording a statement before the CBI, alleging he had received threats.
“… It is worthwhile to mention the statement of one witness was recorded by CBI on March 1, 2016. He said the accused passed instructions to officials at DTL to not give evidence against him, and the witness felt intimidated. Accused was not arrested even after the witness’s statement was recorded, although the CBI’s probe continued. It only shows that the CBI did not consider the threat to be a real one to take immediate action against the accused,” said the court.
It added, “The allegation as to whether the company, Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd, was promoted at his behest can only be analysed during trial. The CBI has also admittedly collected documents showing the impugned money trail… Thus, keeping in view the overall facts and circumstances, the accused is granted bail.”
The court has now ordered Kumar to “not contact any witnesses and “not tamper with evidence”. Directing him to join the probe as and when required, the court also asked him not to travel outside Delhi without its permission.