New Delhi, July 5: On Monday the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Rajender Kumar, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's principal secretary. Four others including the Chief Minister's Deputy Secretary, Tarun Sharma were arrested in connection with a scam which the CBI alleges is around Rs 50 crore worth.
In the official statement the CBI said that Kumar was the kingpin of the scam which took place between 2006 and 2014. He had misused his office and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government.
What is the scam about?
Last year following a search at the Delhi secretariat, the CBI had registered a case against Kumar and also the directors of a private software solutions firm Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd.
The firm is alleged to have got government contracts which were worth Rs 9.5 crore. The CBI says that it was the involvement of Kumar with this firm which led to the contracts being awarded.
CBI sources tell OneIndia that the firm was a front company which was started by Kumar in 2006. The CBI also stated that he had roped in Ashok Kumar his friend too while starting the firm.
The CBI states in its FIR that there are five contracts that are under the scanner. The CBI states that when Kumar was the IT secretary in the Delhi government, he had proposed that contracts be awarded to the firm.
The CBI says that due to misuse of official position, the contracts were awarded without following a fair tender policy. The FIR also speaks about two quotations which were forged.
The complaint against Kumar and others was filed by former Delhi Dialogue Commission member Ashish Joshi. His complaint made before the Anti Corruption Bureau was forwarded to the CBI. The CBI says that the case is a strong one and details of the scam have been unearthed following extensive investigations for five months.