- Kejriwal’s former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar was arrested on July 4 for alleged involvement in corruption.
- The court granting bail, stated that the CBI has also admittedly collected documents showing the impugned money trail.
- The court also observed that the case is based on documents and Kumar had joined investigation as and when called by CBI.
NEW DELHI: A city court granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, who was arrested on July 4 for his alleged involvement in an alleged corruption case of showing undue favours to a private company to award government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore, on Tuesday.
While granting bail to Kumar, Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar said, “The accused is in custody for 23 days. No purpose will be served by keeping the accused behind the bar.” The court asked Kumar to furnish a personal and surety bond of Rs 1 lakh and directed him not to leave Delhi without permission.
The court also directed him not to tamper with evidence or influence witnesses in the case and join investigations whenever required.
The court observed that the case is based on documents and Kumar had joined investigation as and when called by CBI and has also been interrogated in custody.
While taking note that Kumar is a senior government servant and has roots in the society, the court said: “The allegations as to whether the company Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd was promoted at his behest or in what manner he was concerned with the same can only analysed during the course of trial.”
The court further stated that the CBI has also admittedly collected documents showing the impugned money trail.
Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre, was accused of abusing his official position in awarding Delhi government contracts of Rs 9.5 crore to private firm Endeavour Systems Private Limited. Beside Kumar, other accused in the case are Intelligent Communication System India Ltd (ICSIL) Managing Director RS Kaushil and former Managing Director GK Nanda, Rajendra Kumar's aide Ashok Kumar, Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd directors Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Gupta, and former VAT Department Assistant Director Tarun Sharma.
Last month, the agency had carried our raids at six places, including two at Delhi government offices, in the national capital. The raids were conducted in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh's Agra and Noida cities following the interrogation of Rajendra , Ashok, Tarun, and ESPL directors Sandeep and Dinesh who were arrested by the agency.
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 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.