CWG scam: JC of Bhanot, Verma & 3 others extended

A Delhi court extended by 14 days the judicial custody of two former top officials of CWG Organising Committee.

Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 20:49 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday extended
by 14 days the judicial custody of two former top officials of
CWG Organising Committee, arrested in connection with alleged
irregularities in awarding Rs 107-crore contract to a Swiss
firm for providing logistic support for the sporting event.

Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh extended the judicial
custody of OC`s former Secretary-General Lalit Bhanot and its
ex-Director General V K Verma till May 5.

"Both the accused are remanded to judicial custody
till May 5," the court said after the CBI submitted that the
probe in the case was still going on.

Bhanot and Verma were arrested by the CBI on February
23 for alleged irregularities in awarding Rs 107-crore
contract to the Swiss firm in procuring the Timing, Scoring
and Result (TSR) system for the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, another court extended the judicial custody
of OC official K Udai Kumar Reddy and a director of a priate
company Praveen Bakshi, who were arrested in a corruption case
related to the CWG, till April 23 after the CBI said that it
will take time to file a charge sheet against them.

The agency submitted before Special Judge Sanjeev Jain
that they are preparing the charge sheet.

The court extended the judicial custody of the duo by
only two days as the mandatory 60 days period for filing the
chargesheet would expire on April 23.

The court also put up the bail application of Reddy
and Bakshi for hearing on the same day.

CWG OC Additional Director General Reddy and Bakshi
were arrested on February 22 and the CBI ad said that they
gave and accepted bribe and Reddy misused his official
position.

The CBI had earlier told the court that Bakshi had
paid a huge bribe to the OC officials in return for getting
contracts with exorbitant rates.

The CBI had also said Reddy had accepted the bribe
amount from Bakshi, the director of a firm known as `ESJAV:D
Art: Indo-Consortium.`

Nearly Rs 600 crore worth of contracts relating to the
overlays projects are under CBI scanner.

Overlays works included supply of tents, marquees,
prefabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security
fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes,
material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS,
air-conditioners, lighting, civil construction, athletic
exercise equipment and grandstands.

The Special Judge also extended the judicial custody
of Comfort Net Traders India Pvt Ltd`s Director Sandeep
Wadhwa, arrested by the CBI on March 7 for bribing CWG OC
officials to bag lucrative contracts for providing logistics
to the mega sporting event, till May 3.

The CBI allaged that Wadhwa had paid huge amounts of
bribe to various OC officials on behalf of Nussli
(Switzerland) Limited.

PTI