New Delhi: Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was suspended on Wednesday by the government following his arrest by CBI in connection with a corruption case.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Kumar was suspended Wednesday, by an order signed by the CM himself.
Any government servant is deemed to be automatically suspended 48 hours after his or her arrest in any case.
The order issued by the CM stated, “… Rajendra Kumar is serving under the government of NCT Delhi as principal secretary to CM and was arrested by CBI consequent to registration of FIR… remand has been allowed to CBI for five days. The rules — All India Services (discipline and appeal) rules 1969 — a member of services who is detained in official custody, whether for a criminal charge or otherwise for a period longer than 48 hours shall be deemed to have been suspended by the government concerned under this rule.”
Since Kumar was arrested on Monday and a day later a city court remanded him to CBI custody for five days, he was suspended by the competent authority, a Home Ministry official said. Any government servant deemed to be automatically suspended 48 hours after his or her arrest in any case, the official said.
Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of UT cadre, was called along with Tarun Sharma, a Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office, besides three other private persons, for questioning at the CBI headquarters on Monday morning.
The CBI had sought a ten-day custody of Kumar to complete investigations.
After being questioned for half a day, the CBI decided to place the two officers under arrest along with a close aide of Kumar, Ashok Kumar and owners of a private firm Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta.
The CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments".
The charges pressed by the CBI are under sections 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company --Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.-- in bagging five contracts.
The CBI alleged 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, and claimed that the officials had taken "undue benefit" of over Rs three crore while awarding the contract.
The agency had conducted a raid on Kumar’s office on 15 December, 2015 at the Delhi secretariat and seized documents and alleged that they prima facie reflected a criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position.