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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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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)