CBI allowed to prosecute ex-principal secretary

After rejecting his plea for voluntary retirement, the Centre on Tuesday allowed the CBI to prosecute senior IAS officer Rajendra Kumar in a corruption case.

Kumar was principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Official sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs took a call on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) request seeking the government’s permission to prosecute Kumar, who is facing a case of causing a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government.

They also said the ministry rejected his plea for voluntary retirement, saying it cannot be done as a corruption case is pending against him.

Kumar had sought voluntary retirement in January, claiming harassment by the Central government — which he said follows “totalitarian ways” — and the CBI. Kumar also said that they intended to implicate Arvind Kejriwal.

In its charge sheet, the CBI has said that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy to cause a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government, in the awarding of contracts between 2007 and 2015.

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