New Delhi: Corruption in awarding contracts
in Commonwealth Games (CWG) has "tarnished" the image of the
country, a Delhi court noted today while dismissing the bail
applications of two former Organising Committee officials
associated with the mega event.
Special Judge A S Yadav said that the irregularities in
conducting the Games, highlighted in the media, were being
observed by the people all over the world.
The court made the observations while declining the bail
plea of former senior CWG officials T S Darbari and M
Jayachandran, close aides of OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.
"Every day and night, the matter was being reported in
newspapers all over the world about corruption in awarding
various contracts during the CWG. It has definitely tarnished
the image of the country," the court said.
The court noted that the contract for hiring taxis in
London during the Queen`s Baton Relay function was awarded on
forged documents, leading to a loss to the exchequer.
"The part of the CWG function took place at London
regarding handing over of Queen`s Baton and the very contract
of hiring of the vehicles was awarded on forged and fabricated
documents at higher rates thereby causing losses to the
Government of India," it said.
Darbari and Jayachandran were arrested by the CBI on
November 15 and 21 respectively.
Rejecting their plea, the court noted that the accused
even "forged" emails for justifying their decision to award
contract to the London-based firm.
The accused are facing charges of causing losses to the
exchequer in award of contract to the tune of Rs 1.55 crore
with regard to QBR on October 29, last year in London before
the mega event.
The accused claimed that it was not they but rather a
high-powered committee that took the decision with regard to
the award of the contract to A M Cars and Vans Hire Ltd but
the court was not convinced by this.
The court also referred to various documents seized by the
CBI to say, "it is evident from the note that accused Darbari
discussed the matter with Jayachandran as well. The advance
payment was released by Jayachandran."
The case against them has been registered under different
Sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court, meanwhile, extended the judicial custody of
Darbari, Jayachandran and another accused Sanjay Mahendroo to
Mahendroo, also arrested on November 15, has so far not
filed a bail application.