Suresh Kalmadi, the former Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, is likely to be named in a fresh case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of a private company as an international consultant for the Games in the Capital in 2010.
The three contracts, worth approximately Rs.70 crore, were awarded to Event Knowledge Services for the development of the Games venues. Describing them as suspicious, the Shunglu Committee had recommended a probe into the financial trail from the Organising Committee to the firm’s headquarters in Mauritius by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. The agency had earlier registered a preliminary enquiry into the matter.
Taking note of the report, the Prime Minister’s Office had then written to the Sports Ministry to forward the relevant portions of the report to the investigating agencies. The committee in a report submitted to the PMO last year had pointed out several discrepancies in the works handled by the consultancy firm.
The CBI had earlier booked Mr. Kalmadi for alleged irregularities in awarding a Games-related contract to a Swiss firm. The case pertained to the contract for installation of a Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system for the Commonwealth Games, allegedly at an exorbitant cost, causing a loss of more than Rs.90 crore to the exchequer.