Yet to hear from CBI: Kalmadi

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday said he has not yet heard
from the CBI after he informed the agency last month that he
was ready to appear before it in connection with the probe
into alleged irregularities in the conduct of the event.

"I am yet to hear from the CBI. As and when I am
informed, I will be available. I am extending full cooperation
to all investigating agencies," Kalmadi told reporters.

The CBI had late last month contacted Kalmadi over
phone asking him to appear before it for questioning but the
OC chief had said he will be available after January three.

CBI official said Kalmadi will be asked questions
about certain contracts given to foreign firms for carrying
out overlays work, alleged misappropriation of funds meant for
various activities and Queen`s Baton Relay held in London in
2008 among other things.

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

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

The agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection
with the alleged financial irregularities.

While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal
struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the CBI had registered
two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM
Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.

CBI officials had yesterday visited the Games OC
office here and questioned some officials. Besides they had
seized certain documents related to QBR and other contracts
with various firms.

The CBI has decided to approach the Sports Ministry to
seek removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot from their posts citing
failure of certain junior OC officials to cooperate with it
which, it claimed, was hampering the probe.