New Delhi: The court proceedings in a CWG graft case, stalled for over a month due to a defence counsel allegation that the judge was not conducting a fair trial, would resume on March 13.
The case came up for hearing on Tuesday before Special Judge Talwant Singh, a day after the city's subordinate judiciary chief, District Judge Sunita Gupta refused to transfer the case to another court as per the plea by Special Judge Singh, who had sent the case file to her after defence counsel Ramesh Gupta had made the allegation on February 9.
Special Judge Singh listed the matter for March 13 for filing of applications by the accused for supply of the CBI documents to them.
District Judge Sunita Gupta had yesterday refused to transfer the case from court of the special judge saying the "unpleasant incident," does not warrant transfer of case as it sometimes happen in a heat of moment.
Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who represents former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, a co-accused in the case involving grant of contract for installation of Timing, Scoring and Result (TSR) System to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant cost, had said that a hostile atmosphere was being created in the court due to summoning of the accused everyday for scrutiny of documents.
This remark had irked Special Judge Singh, who had sent the file of the case to the court of district judge with a request to transfer the same to another court. Special Judge Singh had also said that Gupta's conduct should be brought to the notice of the Delhi High Court's Chief Justice.
Kalmadi and other co-accused are charged with illegally granting the TSR system contract to Swiss Timing Omega during the 2010 Commonwealth Games here, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer.
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, other nine accused in the case are CWG 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 body.
Promoters of two construction companies - P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy and his firm AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.
Besides them, the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega (the swiss firm which was awarded the contract at exorbitant rates) and AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.