CWG: CBI files 2 cases against AM Films and AM Cars

Last Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 16:44

New Delhi: Registering its first case in
alleged irregularities in Commonwealth Games, CBI on Monday filed
two separate cases involving UK-based A M Films and former
officials of CWG Organising Committee on charges of forgery
and cheating in organising Queen`s Baton Relay in London.

Immediately after registering the cases, the CBI carried
out searches at four places in the national capital region
including office of CWG Organising Committee, agency officials
said.

The searches were conducted at the residence of sacked
Joint Director General T S Darbari, deputy director-general
Sanjay Mahendroo and Raj Singh, a Director level officer in
the OC, the officials said.

Darbari and Mahendroo were suspended initially after
reports of scam started appearing in the media. Both the
officials were sacked later.

The first case names London-based A M Car/Van Services and
its owner Ashish Patel besides Darbari, Mahendroo and Singh
under sections 468 (forgery of court records and public
documents), 471 (Using forged documents as genuine), 120-B
(criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The second case involves London-based A M Films, Patel,
Mahendroo, Darbari and others under sections 420 (cheating),
120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of
Corruption Act.

As searches were on, the sacked officials were being
questioned by the CBI about the Queen Baton Relay for which a
grand function was held in London.

The CBI had started looking into complaints related to
alleged irregularities in Queen`s Baton Relay (QBR) event and
is examining documents pertaining to it, including those
related to transfer of funds.

The Enforcement Directorate had registered its first case
under FEMA in CWG after British authorities referred to the
Indian High Commission a matter regarding A M Films, a
little-known London-based company, to which a huge sum of
money was transferred through the Royal Bank of Scotland.

According to the OC documents, the money transaction was
justified by the members saying "in view of the short time
available and the risk of the cancellation of the QBR event,
the Committee decided to compare the quotes (of different
vendors in London) and evaluate them, keeping in view the cost
and time factor.

"The Committee noted that out of the offers, the offer of
A M Films, UK at GBP 127712 exclusive of taxes is cheaper
compared to other vendors...The Committee therefore recommends
that the lowest offer of the GBP 127712 received from AM
Films, UK be accepted," it said.

"The firm has asked for hundred per cent advanced payment
and in view of the short time available and the risk of event
cancellation, the committee recommends that the advance
payment of hundred per cent may also be given to the firm (AM
Films) to facilitate taking up the work in time," according to
the documents.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 16:44
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