Why AAP going overboard to protect accused officer: Congress

Arvind Kejriwal's Personal Secretary Rajendra Kumar was arrested by CBI on Monday in a corruption case

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2016 4:50 pm
AAP, BJP, Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal, Rajendra Kumar, Rajendra Kumar arrest, CBI arrest, Punjab polls, punjab elections, india news, delhi news, latest news, JD(U) File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar who has been arrested along with 4 others by the CBI in a corruption case, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

With Delhi Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s arrest by the CBI sending political temperature soaring in the national capital, the Congress has lambasted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for going overboard to protect the accused officer.

The squabble between AAP-led Delhi Government and BJP-led Centre reached an altogether new level when the CBI arrested Rajendra Kumar and four others in connection with a corruption case.

Congress leader J. P. Aggarwal refrained from backing either the BJP or the AAP, but asked as to why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was coming out in support of the accused.

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“I can neither say that BJP is right nor can say that about AAP. What I cannot understand is why AAP is going overboard to protect this officer. They should have said that we do not tolerate corruption and the allegations should be answered by them (accused officer). The chief minister speaking on his behalf is something we cannot understand,” Aggarwal told ANI.

Asserting that the corrupt should be punished, Aggarwal said that one cannot forget that BJP had tried to topple democratically elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a tirade on the Centre over the issue and said it clearly indicated that the ruling dispensation has been trying to paralyse the Chief Minister’s office, as they feared defeat at the hands of the AAP in the upcoming assembly polls.

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Earlier, the CBI said Kumar was charged with misusing his official position to award contracts to M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd. and securing government tenders worth Rs. 9.5 crore between 2007 and 2014 for the company.

According to CBI sources, Kumar has emerged as the kingpin of the 50 crore scam which first started activity in 2006.

Kumar had moved an appeal before a special court in March this year seeking the release of his laptop, iPad and cash seized by the CBI.

A trial court had in April ordered the de-freezing of two bank accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The Delhi High Court had then stayed the trial court’s order allowing for de-freezing of accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The CBI had in December last year raided Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat in connection with this case.

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    Gulab Singh
    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:33 am
    BJP and Congress are like Husband and wife who are cheating India since Independence. Just look 70 years since Independence and India behind even tiny nations and Congress and BJP fearing for their future have joined hands to defeat those who seek development of country for the first time in Indian history.
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    Mandeep
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:20 am
    Congress is the funniest of the lot. Accusing Kejriwal when the charges against the officer being probed are from Congress timeperiod.
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    RAMASWAMY
    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:28 am
    KEJRIWAL IS A CHOR ONLY ACTING LIKE AN INNOCENT BOY WITH HIS MEEK VOICE BUT WITH BLACK AND BOLD INTENTIONS. HIS ADMISSION TO IIT ITSELF DOESN'T SEEM TO BE STRAIGHT.
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    Sumit
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:23 am
    Congress supports K rime Minister
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    Curious onlooker
    Jul 5, 2016 at 9:33 am
    CBI is turning out to be a perfect counterpart in the style of the Soviet era Security and Secret Police Apparatus (NKVD) isting Joseph Stalin to keep his opponents in check. Hope the CBI Chief would not encounter the fate that befell L Beria.
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