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.

Kalmadi aide’s CBI custody extended

A Delhi court Thursday extended the CBI custody of former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi’s aide Shekhar Deorukhkar by two more days. He was sent to five-day remand Feb 12.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini allowed the CBI’s plea to quiz him for two more days. Deorukhkar was arrested Feb 11 from Pune.

“I am satisfied that further police custodial interrogation is required to unearth the entire conspiracy. Accordingly, accused Deorukhkar is remanded to police custody til Feb 19,” he said.

Opposing the CBI plea, Deorukhkar’s counsel Hariharan told the court that the investigating officer (IO) slapped his client four times during interrogation, which was denied by the IO.

“There is no justification for extension of police custody remand,” said Hariharan.

Deorukhkar was arrested Feb 11 from Pune.

While seeking remand for Deorukhkar, CBI submitted a four-page remand application.

CBI contended before the court that Deorukhkar, Binu Nanu — the director of M/s Mero Form Indian Pvt Ltd (France) and M/s G.L. events Pvt Ltd — and V.K. Verma — DG of OC at that time — have caused huge loss to the government of India exchequer by awarding contracts to M/s Mero Form Indian Pvt Ltd (France), M/s G.L. 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 to these companies.

“There is sufficient evidence on record which confirm that the accused (Deorukhkar) has accepted huge bribe amounts from the overlays suppliers for himself and other officials of OC, CWG 2010, in lieu for award of contracts at exorbitant rates and release of payments to all the five suppliers,” the CBI application says.

The Games were held in New Delhi Oct 3-14, 2010, marred by allegations of financial irregularities and corruption.

The CBI had earlier arrested three senior CWG officials – T.S. Darbari, Sanjay Mahendroo and M. Jayachandran. All the three were granted bail.

Binu Nanu, an official of a private firm who is in jail for his involvement in the row over grant of Rs.600 crore overlays contract for the CWG, was the fourth person to be picked up.

His bail plea is pending in the Delhi High Court.

Deorukhkar is the fifth person to be arrested in relation to the CWG scam.

CBI has also submitted in the application that since the investigation is not yet completed, his custody is needed.

“The accused is evasive in his replies and is not yet cooperating with the investigating agency,” the CBI said.

Kalmadi aide Darbari gets bail in Baton Relay scam

T.S. Darbari,

The Delhi High Court Friday granted bail to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee official T.S. Darbari, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Queen’s Baton Relay scam.

Justice Hima Kohli granted Darbari bail as the CBI was unable to file a charge sheet against him within the stipulated 60 days of his arrest.

Darbari, a former aide of organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, was arrested Nov 15 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The bail plea of M. Jayachandran, who too was arrested and sacked as the committee’s treasurer, is yet to be heard.

He was arrested Nov 21 for making suspicious payments to an Indian-owned London-based private firm AM Car and Van Hire Limited during the Queen’s Baton Relay function in London.

Advocate R.K. Handoo submitted before the court that his client Jaychandran should be granted bail on the ground that the CBI has been unable to file a charge sheet till date.