Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, who was arrested in a corruption case, was today granted bail by a Special court. Kumar, along with four others, was arrested by the CBI earlier this month for allegedly showing undue favours to a private company, ESPL in award of government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore.
Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar gave the relief to Rajendra Kumar on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs one lakh and also directed that he will not try to contact any witness and will not influence the ongoing probe in the case.
Previously, when Kumar tried to seek bail citing the the ill-health of his daughter, CBI strongly opposed it saying, “We have evidence that even till today, they (accused) are threatening the witnesses,” adding that Kumar’s presence can trigger an intimidating atmosphere for the witnesses.
Besides Kumar, CBI has arrested former Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal’s office Tarun Sharma, Kumar’s alleged close aide Ashok Kumar, Managing Director of a PSU, R S Kaushik.
In December, 2015 CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others alleging that the officer had abused his stature by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments.”