What has upset Kejriwal? Is it a war of the bureaucrats?
New Delhi, Dec 15: When the Central Bureau of Investigation carried out raids at the Delhi secretariat, there were bound to be fireworks. The raids were conducted earlier this morning and the CBI also said that it had recovered Rs 2.4 lakh from the home of Rajender Kumar's home and office.
The relationship between Kumar and Kejriwal go a long way. In fact when the Kejriwal was the Chief Minister of Delhi for 49 days, Kumar was secretary to Kejriwal.
When Kejriwal assumed office for the second time Kumar was appointed as his principal secretary. The trust that Kejriwal has on Kumar was clear when the former stated, " to raid him is like raiding the CM's office.
Another point that needs to be made here is that it was Ashish Joshi who had filed the complaint against Kumar. Joshi had been sacked as the member secretary in the Delhi Dialogue Commission and many would insist that Kumar may have advised Kejriwal on this issue.
The CBI has made it clear that they were probing Kumar for his alleged role in showing favour to a software firm which was started by bureaucrats who had taken voluntary retirement.
The entire case is based on the complaint that was filed and taken up by the Anti Corruption Bureau.
The original complainant in the case was Ashish Joshi. He was a member secretary in the Delhi Dialogue commission and was sacked by Kejriwal.
He had stated in his complaint Kumar must be probed for his alleged dealings with some firms. It was also alleged that Kumar had set up companies and would get government work without going through the normal tender process.
Kejriwal has however been defensive of Kumar. Not did Kumar get an important portfolio for the second time under Kejriwal, but the Delhi CM has been clear that any raid against this officer is like raiding the CM's office. Further it also must be noted Kumar like Kejriwal too is an IIT alumnus.
There are various stories that emerge from this incident that took place this morning. The CBI makes it clear that the raid was in relation to the specific complaint. Kejriwal however said that the raid was carried out with an excuse of searching his office.
Backing the CBI was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who said that this incident does not even deal with the Delhi CM and it was specific to the officer in question.
The CBI says that such outbursts by leaders is common and in every raid or case at least one person is bound to be hurt. We wanted details from Kumar regarding the complaint that has been filed against him. He was not cooperating and hence the raid became necessary the CBI officer also added.
Kejriwal on the other hand has his own explanation. He says that last week when a bureaucrat was arrested, he was the first to recommend his suspension.
The CBI could have spoken with me or if the Prime Minister wanted he could have asked me for the papers, he also said in a series of television bytes and tweets.
However, the CBI says that raids cannot be conducted with prior intimation. If we believe that some persons are not cooperating, then raids are important to ascertain details of the complaint. These raids would have taken place sooner or later as that is the procedure.