CBI refutes suspended officer Rajendra Kumar’s allegations

The CBI on Thursday refuted allegations by Rajendra Kumar, the suspended Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, that he was "threatened" by its officers to implicate the Aam Aadmi Party Chief.

CBI refutes suspended officer Rajendra Kumar’s allegations

The CBI on Thursday refuted allegations by Rajendra Kumar, the suspended Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, that he was "threatened" by its officers to implicate the Aam Aadmi Party Chief.

Kumar, who was suspended in July last year after his arrest by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption, has sought voluntary retirement.

Kumar has made the allegations in his letter to Delhi Chief Secretary. CBI said making such "absolutely baseless allegations" after filing of charge sheet "is only an attempt to influence the matter which is sub judice".


"Central Bureau of Investigation strongly denies statement/news item published/telecast in certain sections of the media being attributed to Shri Rajender Kumar, IAS," CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur said.

"The allegation of Rajendra Kumar, which has incidentally come up after filing of the charge sheet, that witnesses/ accused in this case were threatened by CBI officers to implicate a political functionary, is absolutely baseless and denied," he said.

In an emotional appeal, he said, “I have no personal knowledge of an honest, efficient officer being implicated in false criminal cases, arrested, prosecuted and harassed in all imaginable and unimaginable manners. I have never earlier seen or heard of brute state powers being used in such brazen and bizarre manner, which I have experienced. Never earlier have I heard of investigative agencies so openly flouting all norms of professionalism.”

Kumar alleged that during his interrogation by CBI, he was repeatedly told that he would be allowed to go free if he implicated the chief minister. Levelling serious allegations against the investigating agency, he said, “Maybe this was the reason for CBI to go to such extraordinary lengths. Not only this, the CBI, just to force people to implicate me and the chief minister, has beaten up dozens of people, and some of them sustained permanent major injuries.”