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Updated: March 10, 2011 15:39 IST

CWG scam: CBI registers fresh cases, conducts searches

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File photo of the Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. The CBI on Thursday raided premises of functionaries of various agencies involved in renovation of Talkatora and Shivaji stadia for the Commonwealth Games.
The Hindu File photo of the Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. The CBI on Thursday raided premises of functionaries of various agencies involved in renovation of Talkatora and Shivaji stadia for the Commonwealth Games.

Taking the probe in Commonwealth Games corruption further, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday carried out nationwide searches at 18 locations on the premises of functionaries of various agencies involved in renovation of the Talkatora and Shivaji stadia and registered three fresh cases.

The CBI registered two cases against agencies involved in the restoration and renovation work of these stadia and a separate case regarding the appointment of consultants during the Games, official sources said.

CBI sleuths carried out searches in the National Capital Region, Kolkata and other cities early Thursday morning, they said, adding, the searches are still on.

The restoration work on Shivaji Stadium could not be completed during the Commonwealth Games despite huge costs incurred and question marks were raised about the escalation of the cost in renovation of Talkatora stadium, sources said.

Regarding the appointment of consultants, the CBI is trying to ascertain whether the professional profiles of the consultants, mentioned in the CWG OC records were true.

Sources in the agency said it was important to know if the consultants, mentioned in the record books were actually hired and brought here for the conduct of the games or they were just mentioned in accounts and money siphoned off in their names.

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