Two months after he was sacked, former Delhi Dialogues Commission member-secretary Ashish Joshi has lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Branch against Delhi’s most powerful bureaucrat and secretary to the Chief Minister, Rajendra Kumar.
In his complaint, Joshi has alleged that Kumar, while he was posted as Director (Education) between 2002 and 2005, created two companies — Caltoonz and EDUDEL MIS — registered in Timarpur. The then office superintendent, Ashok Kumar, was appointed in-charge of Caltoonz.
“Later, Rajendra Kumar formed a company Endeavors Systems along with Dinesh Kumar Gupta (who supplied stationery to the education department) and Sandeep Kumar, a contractual programmer in Caltoonz. Rajendra Kumar and Ashok, who resigned from government service in 2009, are related,” Joshi’s complaint said.
It is alleged that the companies were set up to award work orders of departments without tenders.
In his complaint, Joshi said that since the “humiliation” meted out to him was “not liked by many in the government”, sources came forward to provide details of Rajendra Kumar’s allegedly corrupt practices. Joshi was dropped from the DDC in April.
Joshi also alleged that when Kumar was posted as secretary (IT), he managed to get his company empanelled with a PSU, Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd, so it could be awarded work without tenders. “Work up to Rs 50 crore was done through this company.
These tenders were given to Rajendra Kumar’s company when he was IT secretary, CMD Transco, secretary (Health) and commissioner VAT. The award of works without tenders has caused financial loss to the company,” said Joshi.
The complaint asked ACB chief M K Meena to investigate the matter. “ACB is examining the matter and action will be taken accordingly,” Meena said.
Anti-corruption body, Transparency International, had written a similar letter to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on May 27, 2015, asking him to investigate the matter.
The complaint has sent ripples through the Delhi government. A spokesperson said, “This has not been discussed within the government or the party. So no comment.” Rajendra Kumar could not be reached.
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