CWG: CBI names Kalmadi in first chargesheet

Updated: May 20, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Ex CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi, along with nine other officials and two companies, was named in the first chargesheet regarding the bungling in the mega-sporting event. The CBI on Friday submitted a sixty page chargesheet against the above named after citing the presence of enough evidence to nail the culprits.

The agency may name sacked OC chairman Kalmadi along with the then officials; Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General (procurement) Surjeet Lal besides beneficiary company Swiss Timing for allegedly inflating the cost of contract causing Rs 95 crore loss to exchequer, top CBI sources said.

The CBI had claimed in its FIR that the contract for Timing Scoring and Results system was awarded by "wrongfully restricting and eliminating competition" from other suppliers in a pre-meditated and planned manner.

The CBI is also likely to send Letters Rogatory to Switzerland seeking details about beneficiary company Swiss Timing from local authorities after the first set of charges are levelled in the case, they said.

According to sources, the sleuths have found details of an alleged bribe of Rs 23 crore which exchanged hands for awarding the contract for framing the eligibility requirements in such a way that competing firms may be sidelined.

The agency has to file the chargesheet before May 23 as the 90-day mandatory period for levelling charges against Bhanot and Verma, arrested on February 23, will be getting over making the duo eligible for bail. Kalmadi was arrested on April 25.

Sources said Indian representatives of Swiss Timing were in constant touch with Kalmadi and other officials of the OC much before the tender was floated.

The contract worth Rs.141 crore was awarded for setting up Timing Scoring and Results system during the mega sporting event last year.

It is alleged that the Committee for shortlisting prospective bidders for TSR was constituted by selecting handpicked officials, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra had said after the arrest of Kalmadi.

Investigation has also revealed that members of the tenders evaluation committee were coerced and threatened to disqualify other bidders, she had said.

The agency has registered 11 FIRs in the cases related to Commonwealth Games scam.