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CWG scam: ED allowed to quiz ex-OC official

A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate former CWG Organising Committee treasurer M Jayachandran.



New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the
Enforcement Directorate to interrogate former CWG Organising
Committee treasurer M Jayachandran to ascertain violation of
foreign exchange laws in award of the contract for installing
the Timing, Scoring and Result system for the 2010 event to a
Swiss firm.

Jayachandran was arrested earlier for his role in
awarding the contract to the Swiss firm at an exorbitant cost
of over Rs 141 crore, causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to
the state exchequer.
Special Judge Talwant Singh allowed ED`s plea to examine
and record statement of Jayachandran, who is presently in jail
under judicial custody.

"I am of the view that for proper investigation of the
case registered by the ED, it is necessary that accused M
Jayachandran is examined and his statement is recorded. The
application filed by the ED is allowed," the court said,
adding that the ED would file a compliance report in this
regard within a month.

In an application filed through its prosecutor Naveen
Kumar Matta, ED submitted that on the basis of FIR registered
by the CBI against Jayachandran, they have also registered a
case and his statement is necessary for further to probe into
the case.

Jaychandran is in jail since June 4 after he had
surrendered a day earlier to the court which had issued a
non-bailable warrant against him for his alleged involvement
in the TSR scam on May 23. The court had earlier dismissed his
bail plea saying he was "deeply involved" in the case.
CBI has accused Jayachandran of manipulating the minutes
of OC`s Finance committee to justify the alleged forgery in
the award of the TSR contract.

The ED, meanwhile, submitted the compliance report to the
court regarding interrogation of former OC Chairman Suresh
Kalmadi, OC`s Joint Director General (sports) A S V Prasad and
OC`s former Director General (procurement) Surjit Lal, all
accused in the TSR scam.

The ED also sought one month time for recording the
statement of CWG OC former Secretary General Lalit Bhanot,
another accused in the case. The court allowed ED`s plea and
directed it to interrogate Bhanot by August 4.

The accused including Kalmadi, Bhanot, Jayachandran,
Surjit Lal and Prasad are in jail after the CBI, in its
charge sheet filed on May 20, had described the ex-OC chairman
as a main accused in the case involving award of the contract
for Rs 141 crore.

According to the charge sheet, the accused allegedly
awarded the Rs 141 crore contract to the Swiss firm to install
a TSR system for the games at an exorbitant cost.

PTI

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