5-day custody for Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, 4 Others
The lawyers for CBI argued that, since Kumar holds a ‘high position’, he could ‘influence witnesses’, and thus the long custody was needed.
Kumar’s five day remand came on a day when deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia alleged that transfers and arrests of officials were being done by the Centre to silence all those working in a committed manner for Delhi government and citizens of the national capital.
CBI had initially sought Kumar’s remand for 10 days, but the court granted for five. The lawyers for CBI argued that, since Kumar holds a ‘high position’, he could ‘influence witnesses’, and thus the long custody was needed. Kumar’s lawyers argued their client had been co-operating with the probe agency, but the argument didn’t cut ice with the court which will hold next hearing on Monday. The five accused — Tarun Sharma, Rajendra Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Dinesh Gupta, and Ashok Gupta — have been under investigation since mid-December 2015.
The arrest charges presented by the prosecution at Tuesday’s hearing were broken down in three main categories — acts of bribery by the accused, lack of cooperation in investigation on the accused’s behalf, and for the CBI’s purposes of confrontation in continuing the investigation. During the hearing at the Patiala House Courts, much drama could be seen in the court number six. At one point during the hearing, the crowd erupted in thunderous cheer and applause in response to the defense lawyer’s opening statement: “CBI is a political agency.” An observing lawyer even shouted “Down with CBI!”
Back at the Delhi Secretariat, Sisodia told reporters that the ‘transfers and arrests of officers by the Centre were being done without consulting Delhi chief secretary, and with an intention of silencing all those working for citizens in Delhi.” Responding to reports stating that the ministry of home affairs had rebutted facts, Sisodia responded with official documents.