The CBI was Tuesday issued notice by the Delhi High Court on the bail plea of Binu Nanu, an official of a private firm who is in jail for his involvement in the controversy over granting Rs.600 crore overlays contract for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) last year.
Justice Ajit Bharihoke asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond to the bail application of the accused Feb 18, the next date of hearing.
Nanu, the director of event management company GL Events-Meroform, said in the bail plea that he has been remanded to judicial custody by a lower court on the conclusion of his four-day custodial interrogation by the CBI.
‘Nanu is suffering from some cardiac ailment and has been admitted to hospital,’ said counsel for the accused.
Justice Bharihoke directed the superintendent of Tihar Jail that the accused, if required, be taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for better treatment.
Nanu was arrested Jan 18 and had been interrogated by the CBI. The CBI Jan 12 searched the office and residence of Nanu and many others after it registered a case in connection with the alleged overlays scam.
‘Nanu’s wife Roopana is also one of his associates in the business,’ the agency said.
The case, the fourth in connection with the Games, was registered against Organising Committee Director General V.K. Verma.
The CBI alleged that Verma and others entered into a ‘criminal conspiracy’ with managing directors and directors of private companies in the award of contracts for overlays for different venues of Games at ‘exorbitant rates’.
The overlays contracts are also under the scanner of the Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate.
‘Overlays works included supply of tents, marquees, prefabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes, material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS, lighting, air-conditioners, civil construction, athletic exercise equipment and grandstands,’ the agency added.
The CBI had earlier registered three cases for alleged corruption in projects and events in the run-up to the sporting extravaganza. Two of these cases were in connection with alleged irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay.