CBI files fourth FIR, no mention of Kalmadi

The CBI Thursday filed a fourth police complaint over corruption related to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and raided at least 10 premises of four companies in the national capital region. Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi does not figure in the probe agency’s fresh complaint.

‘The CBI has registered a case against director general and other officials of the Organizing Committee of CWG, 2010 and the managing directors of private companies and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the award of contracts for overlays at different venues for CWG at exorbitant rates,’ said Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy Inspector General of Police Vinita Thakur.

The accused public servants abused their official positions, thereby, causing undue loss to the government and corresponding gain to the private companies and themselves, added Thakur.

The fourth First Information Report (FIR) registered by the investigative agency named Organizing Committee director general V.K. Verma for buying and hiring overpriced equipments. The contracts were worth over Rs.600 crore.

‘Searches were conducted at a number of places including the office and residential premises of accused persons. Several incriminating documents relevant to the on-going investigation have been seized,’ Thakur added.

Verma was also named in the third FIR lodged by the CBI over award of contracts and delays.

The raided companies have been linked to overlays at the CWG Village and other Games venues. The firms also acted as Indian arms of four international firms which got the contracts.

The contracts are also under the scanner of the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate.

Three cases were registered by the CBI earlier on different issues of corruption related to the Oct 3-14 event. Two of the cases related to the Queen’s Baton Relay, while a third was linked to award of contracts and delays.

Kalmadi’s over eight hours of interrogation Wednesday also focused on the overlays, sources said.

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