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Arvind Kejriwal targets Arun Jaitley: CBI read DDCA file in my office

Can’t respond to vague allegations, bid to deflect real issue: Finance Minister.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR , Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |
Updated: December 17, 2015 3:35:41 am
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A day after his office was searched by the CBI in an alleged corruption case, triggering a new, bitter spat between the Delhi government and the Centre, Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, was again questioned by the probe agency Wednesday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also stepped up his attack, targeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by claiming that the raiding CBI team scrutinised a file relating to the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) which Jaitley once headed — a charge rejected by the probe agency and the Centre.

Kejriwal, who stirred up a storm Tuesday after announcing on Twitter that his office had been raided by the CBI, continued to put out a series of tweets Wednesday morning, starting with a photograph of what he said was the CBI’s seizure annexure.

 

“Docs seized from my office. No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7-file movement register of last one month,” Kejriwal tweeted.

According to Kejriwal, the documents seized included three files of the transport department, diary 2015, a register recording the movement of files between November and December, cabinet decisions and eight other documents.

Kejriwal claimed the real reason why the CBI raided his office was to seize a file pertaining to an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the DDCA in which Jaitley would have been “trapped”.

“CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They wud hv seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “The CBI team read the DDCA files minutely all day. Our employees who were inside told us that they were going to take the files but after the Chief Minister made the disclosure before the media, they did not take them.”

“Why is Jaitleyji so scared of DDCA probe? What is his role in DDCA scam?” Kejriwal tweeted.

Delhi government sources said a commission of inquiry may be announced to probe alleged irregularities in the DDCA.

Sisodia said the AAP was being accused of taking a U-turn after seeking independence for the CBI. “We are all for CBI’s independence. But that is if the CBI is truly given that independence. Not if the CBI works as a slave of the ruling party at the Centre and targets its opponents,” he said.

Jaitley, who had earlier dismissed the allegations against him as rubbish, said he could not reply to “vague allegations” and suggested that the AAP was trying to “deflect” the issue of alleged corruption by an officer.

“They can tell me what is the specific issue and I can answer it. I can’t answer a vague allegation without any basis. Secondly, a state government and a party which is in the dock for having supported corruption and having interfered in an investigation in this manner can’t really deflect the issue without any basis,” Jaitley told reporters.

Meanwhile, the CBI has placed under the scanner another company, identified as Pixel Infotech, in connection with its probe against Rajendra Kumar.

Pixel Infotech is a company that former Delhi Dialogue Commission member Ashish Joshi mentioned in his complaint to the Delhi anti-corruption branch (ACB). It was on the basis of this complaint that the CBI undertook an investigation and registered a case.

Joshi had alleged that the company was connected to Kumar through a relative. “The company is under the scanner and could join investigation at a later stage,” a CBI officer said.

The agency also conducted searches at the residence and offices of one Ashok Kumar who is a director in the companies being probed, CBI sources said.

Rajendra Kumar was questioned for nine hours at the CBI headquarters Wednesday. Sources said he was asked questions related to the award of five contracts. The CBI has alleged that Kumar favoured a firm, Endeavour Systems, in bagging five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore from government departments without going through the tender process or issuing tenders tailor-made for the company.

CBI sources said Kumar was cooperating with the investigation. “We are getting the information we require from him,” an officer said.

Apart from Kumar, two others were also questioned by the CBI Wednesday. These included R S Kaushik, managing director of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd (ICSIL), and Dinesh Gupta, director of Endeavour Systems.

 

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