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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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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)