A Delhi court has given its order on framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others in a Games-related graft case.
Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh had earlier reserved his order on framing of charges for tomorrow after hearing the CBI and defence counsel arguments on it.
Besides Kalmadi, former CWG OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and nine others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI for allegedly “illegally” awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing, at an exorbitant cost allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer.
They have been charge-sheeted under various provisions of the IPC, including those of criminal conspiracy under Section 120(B), cheating (Section 420), forgery (Section 468 & 471) of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI had alleged that Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL’s much lower bid of Rs 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other nine accused in the case are OC’s Director General V K Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran, all former. They are no more associated with the sporting body.
Promoters of two construction companies – P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy and his firm AKR Constructions are also accused in the case. Besides the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega, the Swiss firm which was awarded the contract allegedly at exorbitant rates, is also accused in the case.