Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary arrested in Rs 50 crore corruption allegation

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Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary, Rajender Kumar was arrested on Monday in a 50 crore corruption case involving purchase of computers.

Four others, according to NDTV, too were arrested along with him, but the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was investigating the case, say Kumar was the kingpin of the scam.

Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s office, Tarun Sharma, too is among 5 arrested by the CBI.

Last year, the CBI had conducted raids at Kumar’s office leading to a full blown war between Kejriwal and the central government.

Reacting to the latest development, Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, said, “Never has any central government stooped such low levels. There is a conspiracy to paralyse the CM office – Pr and Dy Secy to CM arrested, Asst Secy transferred to Andaman. All in one day!”

The CBI has accused Kumar of setting up companies to provide work contracts without tenders at a huge loss to the Delhi government.

Sources in the agency say the scam dates back to 2006, when Mr Kumar started a front company, Endeavours Systems Private Limited, to provide IT solutions and software. The company empaneled with Public Sector Units to get government work without tenders.

Mr Kumar is a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, who was appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in February, when the Aam Aadmi Party came to power for the second time. Like Mr Kejriwal, Mr Kumar is also an IIT alumnus.

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