The Enforcement Directorate is set to file its first charge sheet in the alleged financial irregularities in Commonwealth Games, which will name some top officials of the organising committee (OC) of the 2010 event.
The charge sheet will focus on the alleged foreign exchange violations in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) held in 2009 in London and would feature the roles of various OC officials including its sacked chairman Suresh Kalmadi in the overall decision making.
While the alleged irregularities under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) is around Rs five crore, few multi-layered and attached transactions of the event could lead to the overall forex contraventions of about Rs 12-13 crore.
The ED, according to sources, has questioned a number of officials in this regard while it has also separately questioned Mr. Kalmadi last year while he was lodged in Tihar jail.
Amongst those who had been questioned in the case include suspended OC joint director-general T.S. Darbari and former officials like director-general V.K. Verma, deputy director-general Sanjay Mohindroo and joint director-general (accounts and finance) M. Jaychandran.
British authorities had earlier referred to the Indian High Commission a matter regarding AM Films, a London-based company, to which a huge sum of money was also transferred through the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Also, the CBI has recently recorded the statement of Ashish Patel, who owns the two London-based companies — AM Films and AM Vans Pvt Ltd, which bagged the contract for conducting the QBR event in the run up to the Games.
The ED, however, will not record or use the CBI statement of Mr. Patel in its charge sheet as its probe focussed on the legality of the transfer of funds and their utilisation for the QBR and Mr. Patel had no role in it.