Court frames charges against Kalmadi & others

Court frames charges against Kalmadi & others

By: || Updated: 04 Feb 2013 12:00 AM


New Delhi: A Delhi
court today framed charges against sacked CWG Organising Committee
chairman Suresh Kalmadi and nine others for allegedly cheating, conspiring
and causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer in a Games-related
corruption case. Watch: Court
frames charges of cheating, forgery against Kalmadi & others


Special
CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur framed charges under various provisions of the IPC
and the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against Kalmadi and other
accused, including OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, in the case.

Besides
cheating and criminal conspiracy, the accused have also been charged with
offences relating to forgery and use of forged documents as genuine,
criminal intimidation, destruction of evidence of the IPC and section
13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants)
of the PC Act.

After framing of charges, the court fixed February
20 for recording of evidence in the case.

The judge said that the
evidence will be recorded on a day-to-day basis barring Monday and Friday.

The
accused were chargesheeted by the CBI for "illegally" awarding a contract
to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to
Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the
exchequer.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, among the other accused in
the case 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.

The court had on December 21,
2012 passed the order on framing of charges under various provisions of
the IPC and the PC Act against Kalmadi and nine other accused in the case.




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 in the case. Swiss
Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.

The court, while
ordering framing of charges against the accused, had said that as Swiss
Timing Omega, which was allegedly awarded the contract at exorbitant
rates, is not appearing in the court despite proper service of summons,
its "trial is separated."

The court had also said that
substantial charges of misusing official position have been made out
against the six former OC officials, who were public servants.

The
CBI had alleged that Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL's
much lower bid of Rs 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing
Omega, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.

CBI
counsel V K Sharma had argued that Kalmadi and others had decided to award
the contract for installing the TSR system for the CWG to Swiss Timing
even before the firm had bid for it.

Kalmadi's counsel, however,
had argued that the facts given in the CBI's charge sheet were contrary to
the documents which the agency had filed in the court.

Kalmadi
had told the court that he was only doing the work assigned to him as the
OC chairman and nothing wrong was done by him in the entire process.





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