CWG case: Summons against 3 Swiss Timing officials sent to MHA

CBI has forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) the summons to be served abroad to three officials of Switzerland-based Swiss Timing Limited for their alleged role in a 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) related corruption case in which sacked CWG Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, among others, is facing trial.

The agency has filed the copy of the March 26 letter sent to the MHA before a Delhi court after it had directed the CBI to submit its status report in connection with the service of summons by March 28.

In its forwarding letter sent to MHA, the CBI has given brief details of the case and has annexed copies of summons issued for July 2, 2013, against Swiss Timing’s General Manager Christophe Berthaud, Sales and Marketing Manager S. Chianese and Multi Sports Events and Sales Manager J. Spiri.

“The summons in duplicate, accompanied by its annexures…duly issued by the trial court and their German translations along with translation certificates dated March 19, 2013, are enclosed herewith for service as per the letters of agreement dated February 20, 1989, between the governments of India and Switzerland in the matter of providing mutual assistance in criminal matters,” the letter sent by the CBI to the ministry said.

“It is further mentioned that the summons need to be received by Federal Department of Justice and Police, Switzerland thirty days prior to the date of the summons for onward service to the addressee,” mentioned in the letter.

Swiss Timing, along with Mr. Kalmadi and nine others, is facing trial in a case relating to “illegally” awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 Games to Swiss Timing Ltd. at inflated rates, causing a loss of over Rs. 95 crore to the exchequer.

The court had framed charges of cheating and conspiracy against Swiss Timing and had said the record of the case “prima facie” suggests that there are “incriminating evidence about the involvement” of its three officials in the case.

Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur had issued summons against the three officials of the firm and had directed the agency to file a charge sheet against them.

The agency had filed the summons along with a brief note of the case, after they were translated into German language, in the court which then handed it over to CBI prosecutor V.K. Sharma to send them to the accused through the Federal Department of Justice and Police of Swiss Confederation.

While directing CBI to file a charge sheet against the three persons, the court had said the name of a person, who had allegedly acted and entered into a criminal conspiracy on behalf of Swiss Timing Ltd. with the other accused, is not there in the charge sheet.

It had also said the material available on record “speaks of the criminal conspiracy entered into between accused no. 1 to 10 (Kalmadi and others) and accused no. 11 (Swiss Timing Ltd.) through Spiri, Chianese and Berthaud.”

Mr. Kalmadi and nine others, including OC’s former Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, are facing trial in the case for offences including criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, which entails life imprisonment as maximum punishment.

Besides Mr. Kalmadi and Mr. Bhanot, the other accused are OC’s former Director General V.K. Verma, former Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, former Joint Director General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad and former Treasurer M. Jayachandran.

They are no more associated with the sporting body.

Apart from the six, promoters of two construction firms – P.D. Arya and A.K. Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A.K. Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions – are also accused. AKR Constructions is also an accused in the case.

CBI has alleged that Mr. Kalmadi and others rejected Spanish firm MSL’s much lower bid of Rs. 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing, causing a loss to the exchequer.

Businessman gets bail in CWG Queen’s Baton scam

A businessman Ashish Patel who is based in UK, is an accused in a case of alleged financial bungling during the 2009 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London, ahead of the games here, today appeared in a Delhi court which granted him bail.

Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh granted bail to Patel, whose two firms, A M Car and Van Hire Ltd and A M Films, are also accused in the corruption case, on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with one surety of same amount.

Patel, in his bail plea, said he has always cooperated with the CBI during investigation of the case and the charge sheet has already been filed and there is no likelihood that he will abscond or tamper with the evidence.

The CBI, which opposed his bail, said Patel is one of the main conspirators and may influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence.

The court, however, granted him the relief observing that all other accused in the case are already out on bail.

“Since other accused are also on bail and charge sheet has been filed and the accused has cooperated in the investigation, accused Ashish Patel is granted bail on a personal bond of Rs five lakh and one surety of like amount,” the judge said.

The judge directed Patel to file an undertaking that he shall appear before it on each and every date of hearing and will not influence the witnesses or tamper with evidence and posted the matter for further proceedings on January 15.

Apart from Patel and his two firms, three former CWG Organising Committee (OC) officials – Joint Director General T S Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mahendroo and Treasurer M Jaychandran are also named in the case.

The CBI had alleged that OC members had conspired to award contracts for local transportation and other services to Patel’s firms at exorbitant rates during the 2009 QBR event held in London.

The former OC officials have been booked for alleged irregularities in payments made to the UK-based firm A M Car and Van Hire Ltd for transportation services during the QBR.

While A M Films was awarded the work of installing three video screens near Buckingham Palace during the event, A M Cars was given the contract for providing logistics, According to the CBI.

The accused have been booked for various offences under the IPC, including those of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery besides the violations of the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court had issued summonses to the accused after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed against them.

The CBI had lodged two separate cases against the ex-OC officials but had filed a combined charge sheet in the court.

Darbari, Mahendroo and Jaychandran were earlier arrested in 2010 but were released on bail as the CBI had not been able to file the charge sheet within the statutory time limit of 60 days after the arrest of the accused in corruption cases.

CWG QBR scam: 3 former OC officials appear in court

Three former CWG Organising Committee (OC) officials, accused in a case related to financial bungling during the 2009 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London before the Games, had appeared before the city court in response to the summons issued against them.

A UK–based businessman, also an accused in the case, granted exemption from personal appearance for the day on health grounds.

Former CWG OC joint director-general T.S. Darbari, deputy director general Sanjay Mahendroo and treasurer M. Jaychandran appeared before special CBI Judge Talwant Singh.

Special CBI judge Talwant Singh, while allowing the application of UK-based businessman Ashish Patel for personal exemption for a day due to health problem, has supplied all the documents and the chargesheet copies to accused persons who had appeared in the court and fixed December 14 for scrutiny of documents.

Besides the four accused, two UK-based firms of Mr Patel — A.M. Car and Van Hire Ltd and A.M. Films — are also accused in this case. The former OC officials have been booked for the alleged irregularities in payments made to the A.M. Car and Van Hire Ltd for transportation services during the QBR.

Earlier on August 27, the trial court summoned all the accused in the corruption case after taking cognisance of the chargesheet field by the CBI by noting, “I have gone through the documents filed with the chargesheet. There is sufficient material to take cognisance of the offences mentioned in the chargesheet against the four accused persons and two companies.”

According to the chargesheet, the OC officials conspired with each other to award contracts for local transportation and other services to Mr Patel’s firm at exorbitant rates during the 2009 2009 Queen’s Baton Relay event held in London.

 

PTI