The CBI was today granted time till August 29 by a special court to obtain the requisite sanction from authorities to prosecute Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar in a case of alleged graft. Special Judge Arvind Kumar fixed the matter for August 29 after the CBI said it needed more time. The CBI had earlier filed a charge sheet against the 1989-batch IAS officer for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Eight others and a company, Endeavour Systems Private Limited (ESPL), were also listed in the document. Besides Kumar, the list included Tarun Sharma, former deputy secretary in Kejriwal's office, Kumar's close aide Ashok Kumar and ESPL co-owner Sandeep Kumar. The CBI alleged in the FIR that the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused losses of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government in the award of contracts between 2007 and 2015. The CBI had registered the case alleging that Kumar had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments".
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