As per the rule, any government official who gets arrested must be suspended within 48 hours, the government suspended the Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.
Rajendra Kumar who was booked under charges of corruption was arrested on Monday and send to five days CBI custody. He was suspended by the competent authority, a Home Ministry official said.
Kumar was a 1989-batch IAS officer of UT cadre, was called along with Tarun Sharma, a Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s office, besides three other private persons, for interrogation at the CBI headquarters on Monday morning.
After questioning nearly half a day, CBI decided to place the two officers under arrest along with a close aide of Kumar, Ashok Kumar and owners of a private firm Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta.
The CBI had filed a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.
The case was registered under sections 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company –Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.– in bagging five contracts.
The CBI alleged that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi Government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015, and claimed that the officials had taken “undue benefit” of over Rs three crore while awarding the contract.