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CBI takes on Kejriwal, arrests principal secretary, four others for corruption

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New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary, Rajendra Kumar, and four others, in connection with a corruption case.

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

The CBI said that Kumar has been booked under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. It said that the arrested official and four others would be produced before the Patiala House Court on Tuesday.

According to CBI sources, Kumar has emerged as the kingpin of the 50 crore scam which first started activity in 2006.

Kumar had moved an appeal before a special court in March this year seeking the release of his laptop, iPad and cash seized by the CBI. A trial court had in April also ordered the de-freezing of two bank accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The Delhi High Court had then stayed the trial court’s order allowing for de-freezing of accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The CBI had in December last year raided Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat in connection with this case. (ANI)

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