New Delhi, Nov 18 (The Street Press India) – Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, shared a report from Vigilance Minister Atishi, claiming that Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar used his role to set up a profitable deal between a company involving his son and ILBS. The report was sent to the Lieutenant Governor, as per sources on Saturday.
The Vigilance Minister handed over the report to Kejriwal on Thursday, suggesting the suspension of Kumar and calling for a CBI investigation into the matter.
Those close to the chief secretary assert that his son is not a signatory in any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the company and ILBS. They emphasize that his son has no association with the company as a shareholder, director, partner, or employee.
On Thursday, the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) refuted the allegations, deeming them “completely baseless and unfounded.” The ILBS statement affirmed that no purchase order was issued, and no payment was made to any AI software developer or company.
The report alleged that on January 24, 2023, an MoU was signed between ILBS and the company of the Chief Secretary’s son. This agreement supposedly granted the company significant opportunities for profit, including joint intellectual property rights and a 50% share of profits for any future commercialization of the work.
The report alleges that prima facie, Naresh Kumar violated the All India Services Conduct Rules by leveraging his position to facilitate a profitable collaboration for his son’s company, resulting in a potential loss to the public exchequer.
Additionally, the report suggested the prompt termination of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).