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December 16, 2015

14 Liquor Bottles Add to Charges Against Arvind Kejriwal's Top Officer Rajender Kumar

Arvind Kejriwal's top bureaucrat Rajender Kumar has, among other charges, been accused of keeping 14 liquor bottles at home. He is being questioned again on corruption allegations, a day after raids on him had the Chief Minister calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "coward and psychopath" who was targeting his government.
Rajender Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of India

Rajender Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of India

Here are 10 developments in the story:

  1. Rajender Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Kejriwal, had yesterday been charged with criminal conspiracy and misconduct. Today, charges were added under excise rules after more than the legal limit of liquor was found in his house.
  2. The CBI also says Rajender Kumar had nearly Rs. 28 lakh in a bank account, which has been sealed.
  3. The bureaucrat was questioned for hours last night on corruption allegations but was allowed to go.
  4. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) says the CBI's evidence against the bureaucrat is not strong enough. "After Rajender Kumar's 27 year career, CBI found 28 lakhs in his bank account, they are calling it recovery," tweeted the party's Dilip Pandey.
  5. The CBI claims it has found about Rs. 13 lakh cash in raids yesterday on Rajender Kumar and another person. The agency said Rs. 3 lakh in foreign currency and Rs. 2.4 lakh cash was found from the official's home.
  6. Rajender Kumar has been accused of setting up various companies that were given work contracts without tenders at a huge loss to the Delhi government. The alleged irregularities took place before AAP came to power.
  7. Arvind Kejriwal has said that he was the target of the raids, not his principal secretary. He alleges that files were seized from his office during the 11-hour raid, which were unrelated to the CBI probe against Rajender Kumar.
  8. Mr Kejriwal alleges that the raid was used to search his offices for a file linked to cricket corruption allegedly involving Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  9. On Tuesday, Mr Jaitley called the allegations "absolutely rubbish" and added: "I don't think I should comment on rubbish."
  10. AAP alleges that there were financial irregularities when Mr Jaitley was the president of the DDCA or Delhi and District Cricket Association for 13 years till December, 2013.
Text by NDTV
 

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