Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi to be in CBI custody for eight days


NEW DELHI: Suresh Kalmadi , arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation for his role in the timing scam related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games , was on Tuesday remanded to CBI custody for eight days. 

As Kalmadi made his way to the Patiala House court premises, his smiles gave way to shock after a man hurled a leather slipper at him. It, however, landed a couple of yards away from him. The man, identified as Kapil Thakur from Madhya Pradesh, was overpowered by Delhi Police cops and whisked away for questioning. 

Kalmadi has maintained that the decisions taken by the Games organising committee were vetted by various committees comprising senior bureaucrats. Inside the courtroom, his counsel argued there were records to show that then sports minister MS Gill had approved the deal for which Kalmadi was arrested. The court, however, remained unimpressed, and sent him to CBI custody for eight days. 

Kalmadi was arrested on Monday on charges of conspiring to award the contract for Games timing systems to Switzerland-based Swiss Timing Ltd -Omega at an inflated cost of 141 crore, causing 95 crore loss to the exchequer. 

CBI had on March 23 arrested sacked secretary-general of the Games organising committee, Lalit Bhanot, and then director-general VK Verma in the case. They are in Tihar jail. 

CBI on Monday also arrested two other former members of the committee, Surjit Lal, who was deputy director general (procurement) and ASV Prasad, who was DDG (sports). More arrests are imminent, a CBI source said.

The charge against Kalmadi and his accomplices is that they awarded the contract to the Swiss company in a pre-meditated and calculated manner, brushing aside the claims of a competitor, MSL-Spain. 

The Spanish company, which had quoted 46 crore for installing the timing equipment at various venues, had provided the system to the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. It was "wrongfully eliminated, thereby causing pecuniary benefit to the bidder left in the fray," the CBI alleges.

Courtesy:Economic Times

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