CWG scam: CBI conducts searches at OC officials` premises

The CBI on Friday conducted searches at the premises of five officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee here in connection with the multi-crore overlays scam.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday conducted searches
at the premises of five officials of the Commonwealth Games
Organising Committee here in connection with the multi-crore
overlays scam.

The searches, spread across the National Capital Region,
were conducted at the seven premises of R P Gupta, U K Ridhi,
A K Saxena, Surjeet Lal and Nukesh Jain, who were officials in
the CWG Organising Committee, official sources said.
The teams of investigators searched for documents
related to overlays supply for the Games and relevant
documents related to the conduct of the mega sporting event,
they said.

The searches which started early in the morning
continued till evening.

The CBI had earlier arrested Deorukhkar Shekhar, a close
aide of former OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi in connection with
the same case.

Nearly Rs 600 crore of contracts relating to the
overlays project are under the scanner of the probe agency.

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 agency had conducted a number of searches in certain
premises across the country in early January in connection
with the scam in the Games, including those of an officer
under Union Sports Ministry.

The overlays contracts are also under the scanner of the
Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate.

The CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for alleged
corruption in the projects and events in the run up to the
sporting extravaganza.

Two of these cases were in connection with alleged
irregularities in the Queen`s Baton Relay.

PTI