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CNG fitness scam: Prosecutor alleges pressure from CM’s secretary to produce files

Despite repeated calls to Rajendra Kumar, he could not be reached for comments.

A day before the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government filed the chargesheet in the CNG fitness scam case, the public prosecutor who scrutinised the chargesheet, wrote to ACB chief M K Meena alleging that he was being “pressurised” by “some officials” of the Delhi secretariat — including the principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – to “produce files related to the scam”.

The ACB had filed the chargesheet on September 3.

On September 2, Additional Public Prosecutor Vinod Sharma wrote, “…The scrutiny of the challan (chargesheet) of case FIR 21/12 was done by me on September 1, 2015. Today (September 2), I was called by some senior officials from the Delhi Secretariat. They include the alleged (suspect) in the case, Rajendra Kumar, secretary to the Delhi CM. They directed me to produce the files before the chargesheet was finalised.”

Kumar and other top officials of the transport department were earlier summoned by the ACB in connection with the scam. “I have high blood pressure. I am unable to…do justice in this case. I… withdraw myself from the case,” stated Sharma in the letter.

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However, special public prosecutor (SPP) in the case B S Joon told The Indian Express, “The department of prosecution deals with scrutinising the chargesheet. However, I have no information as to who the prosecutor was in this case. I also have no information about any letter written by any person to the ACB regarding the case.”

Joon was appointed as the SPP by the Delhi government on Thursday. His appointment too had come under the scanner. Sources in the ACB had claimed that the first investigation officer (IO), in 2013, accused Joon of threatening him to drop certain sections of the IPC in the case.

A senior government official said, “The CM’s office does not communicate with the public prosecutor. Secondly, the ACB reports to the Vigilance department and the CM’s office has nothing to do with it. If someone is alleging something, they need to produce evidence regarding the communication. These allegations seem to be outrageous and defamatory.”

Despite repeated calls to Rajendra Kumar, he could not be reached for comments.

Delhi govt dismisses charge


New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday dismissed claims levelled by a prosecutor, handling the CNG fitness scam, that he had been pressurised by some top officials in the matter. The prosecutor Vinod Kumar Sharma had written to Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) chief M K Meena that he been pressured by senior Delhi government officials to show them files related to the scam. Reacting to the letter, government sources said, “This is a cover up attempt by an illegally-imposed ACB chief appointed by the Lt-Governor. Attempts to drag names of senior officials will be legally dealt with.” PTI

First published on: 05-09-2015 at 04:25 IST
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