A special CBI court has framed charges against sports software development firm Swiss Timing Limited for allegedly conspiring to cheat the Indian government in connection with the Commonwealth Games Timing, Scoring, and Results System contract award scam case, in which Suresh Kalmadi and nine others are already on trial. The court also directed the CBI to file a charge sheet against three officials of the company against whom it has found prima facie incriminating evidence of involvement in the conspiracy.

The CBI had alleged that a wrongful loss of Rs.95.06 crore was caused to the exchequer through the award of the contract. The CBI charge sheet had made several references to forgeries and abuse of official position, neglect of due procedures and attempts at eliminating competition as a result of the conspiracy. This allegedly resulted in the contract going to Swiss Timing Ltd., a move that cost the government a total outgo of Rs.157.62 crore, despite a bid from MSL Spain that would have cost the Organising Committee only Rs.62.01 crore.

“It is during the perusal of the entire record of the case, for proceeding against Accused No.11 (Swiss Timing) [A11] whose trial was separated by order dated December 21, 2012, that it was observed that prima facie there is sufficient incriminating evidence about the involvement of Christophe Berthaud, General Manager of A11, Mr. Silvio Chianese, Sales & Marketing Manager of A11, and J. Spiri, Multi Sports Events and Sales Manager of A11, in the offences involved in the present case,” Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur said.

“The material available on record in so many words speaks of the criminal conspiracy entered into between Accused No.1 to 10 (Kalmadi and others) and A11 through J. Spiri, S. Chianese and Christophe Berthaud. A11 was represented by J. Spiri at the stage of pre-qualification bid on November 4, 2009, and also at the stage of technical bid on December 4, 2009. ,” Ms. Kaur said.

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