Not new to controversy, Kejriwals aide Bibhav behind exit of many former AAP leaders

  • | Tuesday | 14th May, 2024

This is not the first time Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwals close aide Bibhav Kumar has been embroiled in controversy. Kumar, who has been referred to as "Kejriwals Man Friday", is also responsible for the exit of prominent faces like poet Kumar Vishwas, journalists Shazia Ilmi and Ashutosh, psephologist Yogendra Yadav, JNU Professor Anand Kumar and Captain GR Gopinath amongst others. Bibhav is facing EDs scrutiny in the alleged excise policy linked money laundering scam. ED, in February, conducted raids at locations connected to Bibhav Kumar. He was also questioned reportedly to seek some clarifications regarding some documents in the excise probe by ED last month. Thereafter, the Directorate of Vigilance terminated the services of Bibhav Kumar as personal secretary to the Chief Minister of Delhi. Special Secretary Vigilance YVVJ Rajshekhar, who issued the termination order, cited a 2007 case pending against Bibhav Kumar, wherein he was accused of obstructing government work. "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 (section 353 IPC), for which the trial against Bibhav Kumar is at the stage of evidence, and therefore Bibhav Kumar is not clear from vigilance angle," it said. Challenging the order, Kumar filed a petition before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which refused to stay the termination, stating that granting such relief would be premature. Kejriwals close aide was also asked to vacate his government quarter in Civil Lines area till May 10 following the order of Kumars termination of service. He is also engulfed in alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board. Kumar has been associated with Kejriwal in the early 2000s, when he worked as a video editor for a magazine launched by India Against Corruptions members who subsequently formed the AAP. He is one of the most reliable people in the Delhi CMs circle.

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