New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday stopped
Faridabad Police from attaching the properties of two Haryana
businessmen, arrested for their alleged role in an illegal
award of a Commonwealth Games contract to a Swiss firm.
Special CBI judge Talwant Singh stopped police from
confiscating properties of businessmen P D Arya and A K Madan,
the promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International, while also
extending their judicial custody till September 15, along with
those of seven other accused, including sacked CWG Organising
Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.
Others whose judicial custody were extended included CWG
OC`s Director General V K Verma, Secretary General Lalit
Bhanot, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint
Director General (sports) A S V Prasad, Treasurer M
Jayachandran and Hyderabad businessmen A K Reddy.
Restraining police to stop its process of attaching
properties of Madan and Arya, the court directed the in-charge
of Faridabad Sector 12 police station to return the warrants,
issued for attachment of the properties.
For evading their arrest, the court had declared Madan
and Arya proclaimed offenders and had subsequently ordered the
attachment of their properties, but after they surrendered
before the court and pleaded to stop the seizure process, the
court acceded to their requests.
The warrants to attach the duo`s properties were issued
by the court on August 16 but on the same day the duo had
surrendered before the court.
Following the court`s direction, Faridabad Police told
it that it had communicated the development of the case to its
deputy commissioner and asked him to return the warrants.
Meanwhile, the court also asked the accused persons to
file their replies by the next date of hearing to a CBI plea
for separation of the trial of accused firm Swiss Timing
Omega, which was allegedly illegally awarded the games
contract for installing the Timing, Scoring and Result system
at inflated rates.
"In the interest of the other accused who are already
before the court and keeping in mind the duty of prosecution
to ensure a speedy trial, which is also in accordance with the
mandate of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the prosecution
is seeking separation of trial as in all likelihood the
submission of accused i.e. Swiss Timing to the jurisdiction of
this court is likely to take considerable time," the CBI said
in its plea.
The court, after receiving a photocopy of a blank cheque
signed by Lalit Bhanot, directed him not to sign any blank
document and cheque and asked him to first fill all the
particulars and only then sign them.
Kalmadi and other co-accused stand accused of allegedly
granting the contract illegally to Swiss Timing causing a loss
of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.