Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2015

Suspended IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar gets bail in businessman friend murder case

New Delhi: Suspended IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar, who has been convicted in the Haryana teachers recruitment scam and arrested for allegedly conspiring to get a businessman friend killed, was today granted bail by a Delhi court.

Suspended IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar

Suspended IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Veena Rani enlarged Kumar on bail while directing him to furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh with a surety of like amount.

The court also asked Kumar to surrender his passport with it and join investigation as and when required by the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case.

Public Prosecutor Anil Paswan opposed the bail plea of Kumar saying the investigation was going on and enlarging him on bail would hamper the probe.

On April 30, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch had arrested the 1985-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer for allegedly conspiring to get his Delhi-based businessman friend killed in order to implicate former Haryana Chief Minister O P Chautala’s son.

Kumar was on parole after his conviction in Junior Basic Teacher recruitment scam was upheld by the Delhi High Court.

His aide Shaukat Pasha, who is serving life sentence in Tihar jail in a murder case, was also arrested in connection with the conspiracy to kill businessman Tikka Hassan Mustafa.

The police had told the court that two sharp-shooters of Pasha’s gang were also arrested in the case.

Kumar, along with former Chief Minister Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others, had been convicted for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers.

He was the director of Primary Education when the scam took place and the court had relied on his testimony for the verdict.

He was initially a whistleblower but the CBI probe that followed found his involvement in the scam. As he had accumulated huge wealth, a separate disproportionate assets case was also registered against him and he was charge- sheeted.

PTI

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