Court sends Rajendra Kumar, six others to three days CBI custody

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) A court on Monday sent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and six others to three days CBI custody in a corruption case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Arvind Kumar remanded the seven in CBI custody when they were presented before him after the expiry of their one-day judicial custody.

The CBI had sought three days custody of the accused to bring them face-to-face with one another.

The agency had on Saturday arrested Intelligent Communication System India Limited (ICSIL) Managing Director R.S. Kaushik and former MD G.K. Nanda.

Rajendra Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre, was accused of abusing his official position in awarding Delhi government contracts of Rs 9.5 crore to private firm Endeavour Systems Private Limited.

Besides Kumar, Kaushik and Nanda, the other accused in the case are Kumar’s aide Ashok Kumar, Endeavour Systems Private Limited directors Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Gupta, and former VAT Department Assistant Director Tarun Sharma.

CBI while seeking custody of the accused told the court that during interrogation six addresses had been revealed by the accused and the CBI wants them to recover documents from these places.

CBI also said that it has recorded statements of witnesses and some fresh disclosures had come to light. The accused are required to be confronted with the fresh disclosure of witnesses.

The probe agency added that questioning of the accused is required to find out the truth of audio clips containing conversations of accused, incriminating documents and the visitors diary of Rajendra Kumar.

Defence counsel of the accused opposed the CBI plea seeking custody of their clients.

–IANS

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