CWG scam: CBI summons OC chief Suresh Kalmadi for questioning

New Delhi: CBI has summoned Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi to appear before it for interrogation relating to alleged irregularities in the conduct of mega sporting event here.

CBI sources said Kalmadi has been served a notice in this
regard and the agency has taken necessary permission from
Lok Sabha Secretariat as the OC head is member of the House.

They said the Kalmadi has conveyed to CBI that he can
appear before it after January three.

Sources said the OC chairman will be asked to clarify
certain contracts given to foreign firms for carrying out
overlays work, alleged misappropriation of funds meant for
various activities and Queen`s Baton Relay in London last year
among other things.

CBI sleuths have also grilled Kalmadi`s three key aides
in connection with the scam. Sources said Manoj Bhori,
political advisor to Kalmadi, P K Srivastava and A K Sinha,
both assistants to the OC head, were called in.

They said the trio were called to submit certain
documents related to the Games for cross-examination.

"I was not questioned. I had come to submit some
documents," Srivastava told reporters outside the agency`s
office here.

The CBI had yesterday questioned OC secretary general
Lalit Bhanot, Bhure and another official R K Sacheti.

Sources said the officials were questioned at length
about several contracts.

They were also asked to clarify certain financial
transactions made with CWG contractors for the conduct of the
Commonwealth Games, sources added.

CBI had earlier conducted raids at the residences of
Kalmadi, Bhanot, Sacheti, who is Joint Director General of the
OC, and Sangeeta Welingkar, member of the Games Image and Look
Group.

CBI has filed three FIRs in connection with alleged
irregularities in the Games.

The agency is looking at the possibility of registering a
case on the charge of destruction of evidence. Sources said
some of the crucial documents which could throw light on the
Commonwealth Games deals have gone missing. The probe agencies
fear that they could have been either destroyed or hidden.

They said CBI officials have found sufficient evidence of
criminal conspiracy by unidentified OC officials in tampering
with documents and manipulating information in them.

PTI