CWG scam: Court rejects Sandeep Wadhwa`s bail plea

A private firm executive, accused of bribing Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials to bag lucrative contracts for providing logistics to the mega sporting event, was refused bail on Friday by a Delhi court.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 23:00 PM IST

New Delhi: A private firm executive, accused
of bribing Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials
to bag lucrative contracts for providing logistics to the mega
sporting event, was refused bail on Friday by a Delhi court.

The court rejected the bail plea of Comfort Net Traders
India Pvt Ltd`s Director Sandeep Wadhwa saying the allegations
against him are serious and if released on bail, he may
interfere with the investigation.
Wadhwa was arrested on March 7 by CBI for allegedly
paying huge amounts of bribe to various CWG OC officials on
behalf of Nussli (Switzerland) Limited.

"Considering the seriousness of the allegations, evidence
against the accused on record, investigation is at initial
stage and the apprehension that Wadhwa may interfere with
investigation, I am not inclined to enlarge the accused on
bail," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.

The court noted "a witness has stated that he had
received Rs 20 lakhs in bribe from Wadhwa on behalf of M/s
Nussli Limited, for releasing the payments."

"The witness also stated that all the four firms named
in the FIR including M/s Nussli (Switzerland) Limited had
agreed to pay 2.5 percent of the payments as commission," the
court said.

While pleading for bail to Wadhwa, his counsel Amit
Khemka said CBI has not yet questioned and arrested the MPs
and bureaucrats who were holding top positions in the OC.
"Wadhwa had no role in committing any illegality as
alleged in the FIR. He was only a supplier to the contractor
and had no independent contract with the OC," he said adding
there is no incriminating evidence against him.

Opposing the bail plea, the CBI prosecutor said the probe
is still continuing and CBI is yet to recover various
documents and examine several witnesses from various cities.

"The allegations against the accused are serious and
there is evidence that he had paid Rs 20 lakhs in bribe to
different OC officials. If the accused is released on bail at
this stage, he may tamper with the documents and influence
witnesses," CBI prosecutor Akhilesh said.

CBI said Wadhwa was instrumental in passing the huge
amount of bribe to the OC officials.

The court, meanwhile, extended Wadhwa`s judicial custody
till April 7.

CBI had earlier said Nussli India had signed a memorandum
of understanding with a Canadian firm`s Indian unit for supply
of steel-based modular fittings for Commonwealth Games venues.

CBI had accused former CWG Organising Committee Director
General V K Verma and other officials of entering into a
criminal conspiracy with Binu Nanu, Director GL Events, to
award contracts for overlays for different Games venues
at exorbitant rates.

The agency had alleged public servants abused their
official positions, cheated and caused undue losses to the
government and corresponding gain to four companies and
themselves.

PTI