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.

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.

Darbari, Jayachandran’s bail application hearing adjourned

The Delhi High Court Tuesday adjourned the bail application of T.S. Darbari and M. Jayachandran, former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials, till Jan 14. They were arrested for alleged involvement in the Queen’s Baton Relay scam.

Darbari, a former aide of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) chief Suresh Kalmadi, was arrested Nov 15 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the Queen’s Baton Relay scam.

Jayachandran, who was sacked as the committee’s treasurer, was arrested Nov 21 for making suspicious payments to Indian-owned London-based private firm AM Car and Van Hire Ltd.