CWG scam: Kalmadi aide Mahendroo granted bail

Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 23:43 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today granted
bail to CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi`s
close aide Sanjay Mahendroo, who was arrested for alleged
bunglings in the Queen Baton`s relay in London in 2009.

Mahendroo, a joint director general in the CWG OC, has
been in jail since November 15 last year after he was arrested
along with his colleague T S Darbari.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini enlarged Mahendroo on bail
after CBI failed to complete the investigation and file its
chargesheet in the case within the stipulated 60 days period
after registration of the FIR.

The court also took into account the Delhi High
Court`s order, which had yesterday granted bail to another
co-accused T S Darbari in the case.

"In pursuance of the Delhi High Court order, the
accused is enlarged on bail as the CBI could not file the
chargesheet within 60 days," the special CBI judge said.

Darbari, a former official of the CWG Organising
Committee and another close aide of Kalmadi, too had been
given bail on account of CBI`s failure in filing the
chargesheet within 60 days.

The court granted bail to Mahendroo on a personal
bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the same amount and
asked him not to leave the country without its permission.

It also cautioned him against trying to influence
prosecution witnesses or tamper with the evidence in the case
while remaining out on bail.

The Delhi High Court had yesterday granted bail to
Darbari and had deferred the hearing on the bail plea of
another co-accused M Jayachandran, joint director (finance) in
the CWG OC, to January 17.

The CBI has time till January 20 to file its
chargesheet against Jayachandran, who was arrested on November
21, failing which he too would have to be released on bail.

The accused are facing charges of causing losses to
the exchequer in award of contract to the tune of Rs 1.55
crore with regard to the QBR on October 29, 2009 in London
before the Commonwealth Games.

The CBI had registered two cases in connection with
contracts awarded to London-based A M Films and AM Car and Van
Hire Limited at exorbitant rates.

The agency had conducted searches at their premises
besides the OC headquarters here.

The first case was registered by the CBI under
different sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act
in relation to the award of contract to AM car and Van Hire

The CBI has questioned Kalmadi and carried out
searches at his premises in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai.

The agency has named Darbari, Mahendroo, Jayachandran,
OC Director Raj Singh, Director of transport firm Ashish
Patel, and other unknown persons 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 and
the probe agency had named Patel, Mahendroo, Darbari and
others under sections 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal
conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The accused are already facing charges of violation of
Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and have been
questioned by the Enforcement Directorate.

The ED 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
company, to which a huge sum of money was transferred through
the Royal Bank of Scotland.