Court to frame charges against Kalmadi, 10 others Feb 4

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:30 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) A Delhi court Thursday fixed Feb 4 for framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others for forgery, cheating and conspiracy in a corruption case related to the 2010 Delhi Games.

Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur deferred the framing of charges, saying she needed "more time to go through the entire records of the case before passing any order".

She has taken charge of the court Jan 2 after the earlier judge, who had ordered framing of charges, was transferred.

The court order was to come in a case against Kalmadi and his associates, including former organising committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot, in the case related to financial irregularities in awarding a Rs.141 crore contract for time, scoring and records system for the Games.

The court had earlier passed the order for framing charges against Kalmadi, Bhanot, now a secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and nine others for illegally awarding a Rs.141 crore contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega that caused a loss of over Rs.95 crore to the exchequer. Kalmadi was arrested in the case April 26, 2011.

The court had said that prima facie charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against eight accused and three companies.

The court said: "Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC (Prevention of Corruption) Act are ordered to be framed against all the accused."

The court had posted the matter for Jan 10 for formally framing charges against all the accused.

The CBI, in its first charge-sheet, described Kalmadi, who is a Lok Sabha member, as a prime accused and the mastermind in the corruption case related to financial irregularities in awarding the contract. Ten others were also named in the charge sheet.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC's director general V.K. Verma, director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, joint director general (sports) A.S.V. Prasad and treasurer M. Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting organisation.

Promoters of two construction companies - P.D. Arya and A.K. Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A.K. Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions - are also accused in the case. Besides, Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.

The accused officials and three companies were earlier charged under various sections - cheating (Section 420), criminal conspiracy under Section 120(B) and forgery (Section 468 & 471) - of the Indian Penal Code and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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