Delhi court grants bail to former Kejriwal ex-aide Rajendra Kumar

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, who was arrested on July 4 on charge of involvement in a corruption case.


Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Arvind Kumar, granting bail to the senior IAS officer, directed him not to leave Delhi without court's permission.


"The accused is in custody for 23 days. No purpose will be served by keeping the accused behind bar," the court said and asked him to furnish a personal bond and surety of Rs 1 lakh.


The court directed him not to tamper with evidence or try to influence witnesses in the case.


The court also directed him to join investigations, whenever required.


The court observed that the case is based on documents and Rajendra Kumar had joined investigation as and when called by the CBI and has also been interrogated in custody.


Taking note that Kumar is a senior government servant and has roots in society, the court said: "The allegations as to whether the company Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd. was promoted at his behest or in what manner he was concerned with the same can only be analysed during the course of the trial."


It also noted that the CBI has admittedly collected documents showing the impugned money trail.


Kumar, a 1989-batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre, was accused of abusing his official position in awarding Delhi government contracts totalling Rs 9.5 crore to private firm Endeavour Systems Private Limited.


Beside Kumar, other accused in the case are Intelligent Communication System India Ltd. Managing Director R.S. Kaushil and former Managing Director G.K. Nanda, Rajendra Kumar's aide Ashok Kumar, Endeavour Systems Pvt. Ltd. directors Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Gupta, and former Value Added Tax Department Assistant Director Tarun Sharma.