The CBI on Tuesday said it conducted raids at 14 different places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, including the house of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's secretary, after obtaining warrants from a court but termed as baseless the reports that the chief minister's office was among these. "The CBI has registered a case against a senior civil servant of the Delhi government and six others on the allegation that during the period 2007 to 2014, he, along with others, abused his official position in awarding contracts from the Delhi Government to a private firm.
"After obtaining warrants from the competent court, searches are in progress at 14 locations today (Tuesday) in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh," Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson Devpreet Singh told reporters at the agency headquarters here. She said reports from certain quarters regarding a search at Kejriwal's office are baseless. "CBI emphatically denies having searched the office of Delhi chief minister. False propaganda should not be used to impede our investigation," she added.
The CBI spokesperson had earlier said that documents related to three immovable properties along with cash were recovered from the residence of Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to the Delhi chief minister. The agency said it has recovered Rs.2.4 lakh and an additional Rs.3 lakh in foreign currency from Kumar's house. Kejriwal claimed that the CBI had raided his office and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "coward".
The CBI also said that Kumar was not cooperating with it in opening his email accounts. It said another Rs.10.5 lakh had been recovered from G.K. Nanda, who it claimed was a co-accused with Kumar in a case of corruption. Nanda is the general manager of Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL).