Corruption case: Kejriwal’s aide sent to three-day CBI remand

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Monday sent all five accused, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, to three-day CBI remand in a corruption case to the tune of Rs. 50 crore.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's suspended Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s suspended Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on Saturday apprehended Managing Director of Intelligent Communication System India Limited (ICSIL) R.S. Kaushik and his predecessor G.K. Nanda in connection with the corruption case. Both Kaushik and Nanda were arrested for allegedly violating tender guidelines.

Kumar has been charged with abusing his official position to award contracts to M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd (M/S ESPL) and securing government tenders worth Rs. 9.5 crore for the company between 2007 and 2014.

He has been booked under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI sources said a money trail was recovered from a publication agency in Agra during a raid conducted yesterday. The agency further claimed that the money from M/S ESPL was routed to one of the accused Ashok Kumar’s company.

Ashok Kumar, a close aide of Rajendra Kumar, allegedly admitted to taking bribes on his behest.

According to CBI sources, Ashok Kumar on Wednesday confessed to his involvement in accepting huge bribes.

A CBI court had last week remanded all five accused, including Rajendra Kumar, to five-day police custody in a corruption case.