Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

DELHI CM’S PA SACKED BY VIGILANCE DEPARTMENT

- HT Correspond­ent

Bibhav Kumar, the personal assistant to the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, was removed from his post by the vigilance department of the Delhi government, according to an official order issued late on Wednesday night.

According to the official order signed by signed by YVVJ Rajasekhar, special secretary, vigilance, “The competent authority has terminated the engagement of Bibhav Kumar, private secretary to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in terms of the provisions of Rule 5 of the Central Civil Services (Temporary Service) Rules, 1965, with immediate effect.”

The vigilance department had issued a show cause notice to Kumar in November 2023, stating that his engagement was “illegal” and cited a pending criminal case against him. “….it is observed that charges against Bibhav Kumar are grave in nature, including charge of ‘assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, for which the trial against Kumar is at the stage of evidence, and therefore Kumar is not clear from vigilance angle,” the order stated.

“….his engagement is in gross violation with the extant instructio­ns of DoPT, as such instructio­ns were not apprised to the then Hon’ble Lt. Governor while putting up the proposal for approval of his engagement...,” the order stated further.

The order said that “..rules for the said engagement of Bibhav Kumar were not scrupulous­ly followed, therefore, such engagement is illegal and voidab-initio.” Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Durgesh Pathak were earlier summoned by the Enforcemen­t Directorat­e on Monday in connection with the a money laundering investigat­ion pertaining to the alleged irregulari­ties in the framing and implementa­tion of the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy 2021-22. ED officials had said that Kumar was questioned to seek some clarificat­ions regarding some documents in the excise probe.

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