A Delhi court on Thursday deferred the framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and nine more people in a games-related graft case to February 4.
Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur deferred the framing of charges, saying she needs more time to go through the entire case records before passing any order.
Ms. Ravinder Kaur took charge on January 2, after the earlier judge, who had ordered framing of charges, was transferred. The case was fixed for today to formally frame charges against all the 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 Mr. Kalmadi and nine others, including former Organising Committee (OC) Secretary General Lalit Bhanot.
Besides cheating and conspiracy, the accused will also be charged with the offences of forgery under the IPC and criminal misconduct by public servants under the PC Act.
“Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), read with 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 is ordered to be framed against all the accused,” the court had said.
The accused have been charge sheeted 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 Mr. Kalmadi and Mr. 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) A.S.V. Prasad and former Treasurer M. Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.