New Delhi: A
Delhi court is likely to frame charges against sacked CWG Organising
Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others on February 4 for allegedly
cheating, conspiring and causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the
exchequer in a Games-related corruption case.
Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur had on January 10 posted for the framing
of charges in the case also involving former OC Secretary General Lalit
Bhanot as an accused.
The court had on December 21, 2012 passed
the order on framing of charges under various provisions of the IPC and
the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against Kalmadi and nine other
accused in the case. Besides cheating and conspiracy, the accused will
also be charged with the offences of forgery under the IPC and criminal
misconduct by public servants under the PC Act.
section 120B (criminal conspiracy), read with 201 (destruction of
evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506
(criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section
13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to
be framed against all the accused," the court had said.
accused have been 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 an inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90
crore to the public exchequer. Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, 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 also said
that substantial charges of misusing official position have been made out
against six former OC officials, who were public servants. 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 accused 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 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.
the arguments on charges, 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
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. The counsel appearing for other accused had also
opposed the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.