New Delhi, Dec 21 (IBNS) Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWGOC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others on Friday were charged by a Delhi court with corruption, theft and conspiracy in a graft case linked to 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).
Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh of the Patiala House court passed the order for framing charges against Kalmadi, former organising committee secretary Lalit Bhanot and nine others for illegally awarding a contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega that caused a huge loss to the exchequer.
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the others are organising committee director deneral V.K. Verma, director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (sports) A.S.V. Prasad and treasurer M Jayachandran.
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. Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.
The court 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 Act are ordered to be framed against all the accused."
The accused officials and three companies were earlier charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating (Section 420), criminal conspiracy under Section 120(B) and forgery (Section 468 & 471)and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Except Bhanot, other who have been charged are not associated with the sports any more. Bhanot has recently been elected as the secretray general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
They accused have been been chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly "illegally" awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing. The contract allegedly caused a loss of over Rs. 90 crore to the state exchequer.
The CBI in its chargesheet alleged that Kalmadi and Co. rejected Spanish firm MSL´s much lower bid of Rs. 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega.
The prosecutor also argued that two bids were received for TSR contract from Swiss Timing and MSL Spain and the same were opened on November 4, 2009 but Kalmadi and Verma had on already announced in a meeting on October 12, 2009 that the contract would be awarded to Swiss Timing.