Kalmadi refutes Indian High Commission`s denial
Suresh Kalmadi insisted that the UK-based firm at the center of a corruption row was recommended by the Indian High Commission.
New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday insisted that the
UK-based firm at the center of a corruption row that has hit
CWG OC was recommended by the Indian High Commission despite
an embarrassing denial issued by it.
The Indian High Commission had denied recommending A M
Films, the little-known UK-based firm which allegedly received
lakhs of pounds for providing its "services" during the
Queen`s Baton Relay in London.
Kalmadi refuted the claim and asserted that the
recommendation came from the High Commission only from a
protocol official Raju Sebastian, who has been dubbed in media
reports as "too junior an official to make any recommendation
on behalf of the High Commission".
"The Organising Committee would like to clarify that we
had written to Mr Vikrant Ratan, the first secretary
(Protocol) of the Indian High Commission, to provide us the
list of agencies for transportation, accommodation and other
services and their approved rates.”
"In response, Mr Raju Sebastian of the Protocol Division
of the Indian High Commission, giving reference to our mail to
the First Secretary Vikrant Ratan, informed that the approved
vendors for transport are AM Car and Van and the Chauffeur
Company," Kalmadi stated.
Kalmadi, also the Indian Olympic Association President,
said the rates were also approved by the High Commission.
"He (Sebastian) also indicated the approved rates of the
High Commission for accommodation and transportation. In view
of the clarification which clearly indicates that the Indian
High Commission had recommended AM Car and Vans to the
Organising Committee for QBR Launch Function at London, it is
requested that the factual position in projected," Kalmadi