New Delhi: A Delhi court framed charges on Monday against sacked CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others for allegedly cheating, conspiring and causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer in a Games-related corruption case.
All the accused were present in the court.
Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur had on January 10 posted for Monday the framing of charges in the case also involving former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot as an accused.
The court had on December 21, 2012 passed the order on framing of charges under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against Kalmadi and nine other accused in the case.
The accused have been chargesheeted by the CBI for "illegally" awarding a contract to install timing, scoring and results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer.
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC's former director general V K Verma, former director general (Procurement) Surjit Lal, former joint director general (Sports) ASV Prasad and former treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.
The court had also said that substantial charges of misusing official position have been made out against six former OC officials, who were public servants.
Apart from the six, promoters of two construction firms - 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, while ordering framing of charges against the accused, had said that as accused Swiss Timing Omega, which was allegedly awarded the contract at exorbitant rates, is not appearing in the court despite proper service of summons, its "trial is separated."
The CBI had alleged that Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL's much lower bid of Rs 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
During the arguments on charges, CBI counsel V K Sharma had argued that Kalmadi and others had decided to award the contract for installing the TSR system for the CWG to Swiss Timing even before the firm had bid for it.
Kalmadi's counsel, however, had argued that the facts given in the CBI's chargesheet were contrary to the documents which the agency had filed in the court.
Kalmadi had told the court that he was only doing the work assigned to him as the OC chairman and nothing wrong was done by him in the entire process.
The counsel appearing for other accused had also opposed the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.