A Delhi court will pronounce on Friday its order on framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others in a games-related graft case.
Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh had on November 21 slated for Friday the pronouncement of order on charges in the case also involving former CWG OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot as an accused in the case.
Besides Mr. Kalmadi and Mr. Bhanot, nine others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI for allegedly “illegally” awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at an inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer.
They have been charge-sheeted under various provisions of the IPC, including those of criminal conspiracy under section 120(B), cheating (section 420), forgery (section 468 & 471) of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI had alleged Mr. 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.
The other nine accused in the case are OC’s Director General V K Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.
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.
Besides the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega, the Swiss firm which was awarded the contract allegedly at exorbitant rates, is also an accused in the case.
During the arguments on charges, CBI counsel V K Sharma had argued that Mr. 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.
Mr. Sharma had also said that for TSR installation, two bids had been received -- one from Swiss Timing and other from MSL Spain, and the same were opened on November 4, 2009 but Mr. Kalmadi and Mr. Verma had announced in a meeting on October 12, 2009 itself that the contract would be given to Swiss Timing.
He had also said Mr. Kalmadi had made up his mind in advance to award the contract to the Swiss firm.
Mr. Kalmadi’s counsel, however, had argued that the facts given in the CBI’s charge sheet were contrary to the documents which the agency had filed in the court.
Mr. 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.