Kalmadi’s aide, businessman sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court on Saturday sent former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s aide Shekhar Deorukhkar and businessman Binu Nanu to judicial custody in Tihar Jail till March 05 in connection with irregularities in contracts for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge OP Saini sent Deorukhkar and Nanu to judicial custody till March 05. The CBI did not seek any further police custody of the two.

Deorukhkar was arrested on February 11 from Pune and was sent to CBI remand a day later for five days. His remand was then extended by two more days.

CBI contended before the court that Deorukhkar and VK Verma — DG of the Organising Committee at that time — have caused huge loss to the exchequer by awarding contracts to the companies M/s Mero Form Indian Pvt Ltd (France), M/s GL events Pvt Ltd, M/s PICO Deepali overlays consortium (New Delhi), M/s Nussli (Switzerland), and M/s ESAJV:D Art Indo consortium at exorbitant rates. Binu Nanu is the director of M/s Mero Form Indian Pvt Ltd (France) and M/s GL events Pvt Ltd.

The Games which were held in New Delhi from October 03-14, 2010, have been marred by allegations of financial irregularities and corruption.

CBI raids premises of CWG officials

Premises of senior officials of the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) were Friday raided in the capital by the CBI for suspected irregularities in overlays contracts, officials said.”Raids were conducted at various locations today (Friday) morning,” a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told.

The CWG held Oct 3-14 last year were blemished by allegations of massive financial irregularities and corruption.

The CBI earlier arrested four senior CWG officials – T.S. Darbari, Sanjay Mahindroo, M. Jayachandran and Shekhar Deorukhkar. All have been granted bail except Deorukhkar who was arrested Feb 11.

Binu Nanu, director of Meroform Indian Pvt Ltd (France) and G.L. events Pvt Ltd, was also arrested and is in jail for his alleged involvement in the row over the grant of Rs.600 crore overlays contracts for the CWG.

Overlays works included the supply of tents, portable toilets and air conditioners.

The government sacked OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot Jan 24 following allegations of corruption.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Feb 16 said that the “wrongdoers” behind the CWG corruption would not escape.