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Court remands Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, 4 others to five-day CBI custody

New Delhi: Arrested in an alleged corruption case worth Rs 50 crore, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and four others were today remanded to five days of CBI custody by a

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Published on: July 05, 2016 18:15 IST
Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar
Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar

New Delhi: Arrested in an alleged corruption case worth Rs 50 crore, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and four others were today remanded to five days of CBI custody by a special CBI court.

Along with Kumar, Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office Tarun Sharma, Kumar's close aide Ashok Kumar and owners of a private firm Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd, Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta were sent to CBI custody by special Judge Arvind Kumar.

During the hearing, CBI sought 10 days’ custodial interrogation of the accused, claiming that Rajendra Kumar was an influential person and it was impossible to conduct a fair probe in the matter without arresting him. The CBI counsel told court that Kumar was intimidating witnesses.

"He is an influential and highly placed bureaucrat. We cannot have a fair investigation without arresting him as he was intimidating witnesses," the CBI prosecutor told the court.

At this juncture, the judge asked, "Is there any incident of intimidating witnesses?"

Responding to the query, the agency officer said, "yes, we have recorded the statements of such witnesses."

The agency further alleged that there was a nexus among the arrested accused and Kumar was well-acquainted with all of them and that they had conspired in award of contract to Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd.

Observing that the money trail has to be ascertained, it said the agency had the audio tapes of conversations between Kumar and other accused persons.

Opposing the application for CBI remand, senior advocate Mohit Mathur, who appeared for Kumar, said no ground has been mentioned in the agency's plea which reflects that CBI remand was required.

He said there was no paper on record which suggested that his client had any relation with other arrested accused.

Mathur also argued that there was no allegation against Kumar that he has caused any wrongful loss to anybody. Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Sharma, said his client had cooperated in the probe and there was no ground to arrest him.

Similarly, the other three accused said they had also participated in the investigation and hence there was no need to arrest them.

 

(With PTI inputs)

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