CBI raids at sixplaces including two government offices in Delhi

Kejriwal’s ex-principal secretary booked for showing undue favours to a private co to award contracts over Rs 50 crore.

Published: 08th July 2016 10:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2016 10:35 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has carried our raids at six places, including two at Delhi government offices, in the national capital on Friday in an alleged corruption case registered against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ex-principal secretary Rajendra Kumar and four others.  

Kumar has been booked for allegedly showing undue favours to a private company to award government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore.

The raids were conducted in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh's Agra and Noida cities following the interrogation of Rajendra Kumar his close aide Ashok Kumar, former assistant director of VAT department Tarun Sharma, and Endeavour Systems Private Limited (ESPL) directors Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Gupta who were arrested by the agency on Monday. A court on Tuesday sent Rajendra Kumar and these four private persns to CBI custody till July 10.

CBI official said that the raids were conducted after the interrogation of the accused persons.

The official said that a CBI team carried out raid at the residence of Rajendra Kumar's chartered accountant Amit Goel in Delhi's Rohini area and recovered Rs 27 lakh cash.

Separate CBI teams searched three premises of ESPL's director Dinesh Kumar Gupta in Delhi, one premises of the Ashok Kumar's company in sector-63 in Noida and one premises of a book publisher Ratan Prakashan Mandir in Agra, the official said.

The official said that Ashok Kumar's firm had received some funds from ESPL while the Agra-based builder is said to be involved in collecting bribes in the guise of commission work transferred to him.

The official said that ESPL's another director Sandeep Kumar confesses to CBI "though he had been awarded contract for using the Microsoft dynamic CRM package, he was unable to do so and supplied the software which work on different platform.

"Thus Microsoft dynamic software worth more than Rs 3 crore which was purchased by Rajendra Kumar Commissioner VAT were not used. The Microsoft dynamic packages which were lying unsused has been recovered by CBI in which commission in crore were collected from VAT office," the officer said.

The agency also confirmed the conversation between Kumar and the other accused in corruption case. The CFSL confirmed this after examining the audio clips, CBI sources said.

Ashok Kumar, close aide of Rajendra Kumar, had on Wednesday allegedly admitted taking bribes on behest of the latter, agency sources said.

The CBI had on December 14, 2015 registered a FIR against Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer, for allegedly abusing his official position in awarding contracts from the Delhi government to ESPL.

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