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Why is AAP shielding Rajendra Kumar despite evidence: BJP

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 08:37 IST

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): In wake of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar's five-day police custody, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked what did Kumar have on the Delhi Government that would probably be harmful to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that it is fighting tooth and nail to protect him.

"Now they are fighting tooth and nail to protect him or to give him a certificate of honesty. What is it that Rajendra Kumar knows that will probably be harmful to them if it comes out in the open space? Why are they so keen to protect someone that the court is finding evidence to put him in judicial remand?," BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.

Kohli asked as to what was the value of the AAP's claims of honesty when Narendra Tomar's fake degree row made headlines.

"Who are they and what is the value of their certificate? What is their certificate of honesty? In the case of Tomar, did he not have a false degree? Was that the certificate of honesty? What about all the questions that were asked by the colleagues who left their party in terms of the internal mechanism?" he added.

He said the certificate of the AAP was only a certificate of convenience, especially for those who meet their political ends.

Kohli stated there were enquiries against Rajendra Kumar by the vigilance and complaints had gone to the Chief Minister, yet Kejriwal chose to keep him in his office.

Escalating his attack on the Delhi Government, Kohli said the AAP tries to corner the Prime Minister, as they have nothing else to show.

"They can't match the work of the Central Government and they certainly have no agenda of work. So it's part of their allegation and accusation policy," he added.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court yesterday remanded all five accused, including Rajendra Kumar, to five-day police custody in a corruption case to the tune of Rs. 50 crore.

The CBI had sought 10-day police custody of Rajendra Kumar and four others in connection with this case.

Kumar and others were arrested by the CBI yesterday evening.

According to CBI sources, Kumar has been charged with abusing his official position to award contracts to M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd. and securing government tenders worth Rs. 9.5 crore between 2007 and 2014 for the company.

Kumar has been booked under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI sources said Kumar emerged as the kingpin of the 50 crore scam, which first started activity in 2006.

The CBI had in December last raided Kumar's office at the Delhi Secretariat in this connection.

Kumar had moved an appeal before a special court in March this year seeking the release of his laptop, iPad and cash seized by the CBI.

A trial court had in April also ordered the de-freezing of two bank accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The Delhi High Court had then stayed the trial court's order allowing for de-freezing of accounts of M/s Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd. (ANI)