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New Delhi: IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, whose alleged involvement in corruption led to CBI raids which sparked a major political spat between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the Narendra Modi-led Centre, is a 1989 batch officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) cadre.

Presently principal secretary to Chief Minister Kejriwal, Rajendra Kumar, who is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) where he studied electrical engineering, has also served as secretary to Kejriwal in 2013 during the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) first stint in power which lasted only 49 days.

Born on December 16, 1966, he has served in Mizoram and the Andaman Islands, apart from Delhi where he has held a variety of posts including in the Commonwealth Games Cell in 2007-08, Delhi Transco Ltd, and the sales tax department, as per the union department of personnel and training.

Having done a course in development management at the prestigious Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Rajendra Kumar is also a recipient of the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2008 for his work on Management Information Systems.

Rajendra Kumar also served as principal secretary in the urban development department, power and transport department. His office in the Delhi Secretariat was raided following complaints made to CBI that certain private companies received benefits from the departments where he was posted over the past few years.

According to reports, the reasons behind the raids at Rajendra Kumar’s office was a complaint by senior bureaucrat Ashish Joshi, who had written to Anti-Corruption Branch chief M K Meena, who is currently at loggerheads with the Kejriwal government, accusing the bureaucrat of allegedly indulging in corruption.

As per the complaint, Rajendra Kumar formed a company named Endeavor Systems Private Ltd along with some people. In 2007, when he became secretary (IT) in the Delhi government, he got this company empanelled as a public sector unit as Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL). This helped Kumar to get his company secure work without going through the tendering process.

The complaints also alleged that as director of education (technical and training) — from May 2002 to February 2005 — and commissioner (VAT), Rajendra Kumar had allegedly set up various companies to award work orders of departments without tenders which caused “financial loss” to the city government.(IANS)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.