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Arvind Kejriwal's aide to be prosecuted by CBI, Centre gives go ahead
The Central government has given the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a go ahead to prosecute the former Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister in a case of corruption against him. It has also rejected his request for voluntary retirement from IAS.

Kumar, a 1989-batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre officer, has been booked on charges of corruption during his stint with the Delhi government. The Union Home Ministry also rejected Kumar's request for voluntary retirement as a case of corruption in which Kumar has been chargesheeted is pending against him.

The case was registered last year by the CBI which had alleged Kumar, along with some other accused persons, entered into a criminal conspiracy in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015 that resulted in a loss of Rs. 12 crore to the Delhi government.

Kumar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, along with eight other people and a company named the Endeavour Systems Private Limited.

The CBI also cited purported audio recordings that it had claimed to have seized from Kumar's computer during raids in 2015. The CBI has said that the audio clips contain Kumar's instructions to "influence and manipulate" contracts in favour of ESPL.

In his request for voluntary retirement, Kumar had alleged that the "system was against those who were discharging their duties". And in a blog post, he wrote: "It is clear they understand the chargesheet filed is going to fail and therefore the only way to continue to threaten people is to misuse provisions of CrPC."

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