The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed charge sheet against suspended IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, former Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in connection with alleged graft case against him.
CBI had raided office of Rajendra Kumar on December 15, 2015 during which entry of officials and staff was banned on third floor from where Kejriwal runs his government, causing a major verbal clash between his govt and Centre.
The 1989-batch IAS officer has been charged for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act along with eight others and Endeavour Systems private Limited, CBI sources said today.
"We have filed chargesheet recently in the court against Rajendra Kumar and other people and also against the Endeavour systems," CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh told IANS.
They said besides Kumar, Tarun Sharma, former Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office, Kumar's close aide Ashok Kumar and Managing Director of a PSU, R S Kaushik, co-owner of ESPL, Sandeep Kumar and Kaushik's predecessor G K Nanda, former Managing Director of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd (ICSIL), a Delhi government undertaking have also been named in the charge sheet.
Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Jaidev Rath and Mukesh Mehta have also been named in the charge sheet which has been filed in the Special CBI court recently.
Rajendra Kumar was accused of abusing his official position in awarding Delhi government contracts totalling Rs 9.5 crore to private firm Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd.
Arrested on July 4 on charge of involvement in corruption, he was granted bail by the court on July 26 and has denied the charges against him.
It was alleged by CBI in the FIR that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi Government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015. The FIR had also claimed that the officials had taken "undue benefit" of over Rs three crore while awarding the contract.
CBI had analysed voice recording which were found on laptops seized during its searches. The voice sample showed that Kumar was allegedly seeking undue favours for the ESPL.
The CBI had registered a case in December last year alleging that Kumar had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments".