Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CBI Raid On Delhi Secretariat: More about Rajendra Kumar, IIT alumnus, IAS

IT WAS a cold Tuesday morning in Delhi. But political heat was unprecedented, as the CBI raided the office of Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi CM in a case dated back to 2002-2005. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took to social media to announce that his office was raided. Then he countered the CBI's claims: “CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?” BoI here is not going into the charges and counter-charges, but simply tells its readers who is Rajendra Kumar, an officer quite close to…
CM Kejriwal and both of them knew each other as bureaucrats (Kejriwal was an Indian Revenue Service officer before resigning from government).  When Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party first won the Delhi election in December, 2013, Rajendra Kumar, a 1989 batch AGMUT cadre IAS drove down to meet Kejriwal’s Ghaziabad residence. And there were speculations that Kumar would handle key position in Kejriwal’s office.

So, who is Rajendra Kumar?
Cadre and Batch: AGMUT cadre, 1989 batch
Date of Birth: December 16, 1966
Place of Domicile: Bihar
Education: Electrical Engineer (From IIT Kharagpur)
Current Posting: Secretary (JS level), Higher and Technical Education, IT Department
Major Postings:
a) Deputy Commissioner, Lunglei and Aizwal districts (Both Mizoram), North East Delhi
b) Chairman and MD, Delhi Transco Ltd, Power Deptt, NCT of Delhi
c) Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department, Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi
d) Commissioner (Taxes), Trade and Taxes Department
e) Secretary, Information Technology department
f) Secretary, Higher and Tech Education Department
He also received Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Public Administration. Kumar along with Vijay Kumar, IAS, Smt Gitanjali G Kundra, IAS and Ashok Kumar were presented the award for the year 2006-07, presented on April 21, 2008 for the project called "Radical Improvement in Delhi Government School System, Government of NCT of Delhi"
The current complaint against Kumar was labeled by another bureaucrat Ashish Joshi who was earlier removed from his post as member secretary at Delhi Dialogue Commission. According to the complaint, IT and SAP-related work in Delhi worth Rs 50-crore was given to a private party without tender. The case was related to a period between 2002 and 2005.
As this article is being written, CBI has raided 14 places in connection with the case.

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