The CBI Wednesday claimed to have recovered audio clips from the account of Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, whose office in the Delhi secretariat was searched as part of a probe into an alleged corruption case.
CBI sources claimed that the clips relate to Endeavour Systems, a private firm, and how it was favoured for five contracts of the Delhi government.
In these recordings, Kumar’s voice is also heard, claimed sources in CBI.
Sources in the CBI said that Kumar had initially refused to share his e-mail password with investigators during questioning, but had provided the details later. Scrutiny of his email account allegedly resulted in the discovery of five audio recordings, made between 2011 and 2013, said sources, without revealing details of these “conversations”.
The voice samples of Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, have been taken as per legal procedures and have been matched forensically, said the sources. The “conversations” could bring more people under scrutiny, said sources.
The CBI said that it has registered a case against Kumar and others on allegations that the officer abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.
Kumar has been booked under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.
“The accused allegedly facilitated award of contracts worth Rs 9.50 crore (approx) to the said company through ICSIL and misused his official position as public servant. The accused were instrumental in award of projects to the said private company in Delhi Transco Ltd; Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of NCT of Delhi; Delhi Jal Board and Department of Trade and Taxes, GNCTD,” the CBI had said in a statement after the registration of the case.