Accused of awarding contracts at exorbitant rates

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed charge-sheets against three former senior officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and a London-based businessman and his two firms in two cases registered in connection with financial irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay held in London prior to the Games in 2010.

Those charge-sheeted are former OC Joint Director-General T.S. Darbari, former Deputy Director-General Sanjay Mohindroo and former Joint Director-General (Finance & Accounts) M. Jayachandran. London-based Ashish Patel and his two companies named AM Car and Van Hire Limited and AM Films have also been charge sheeted in the two cases.

The accused persons and the companies were booked under Section 120B read with Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and some provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. However, they were granted bail by the designated court as the agency failed to file the charge-sheet within the stipulated time period.

The officials have been accused of awarding contracts to the two companies owned by Mr. Patel at exorbitant rates. It is alleged that the CWG Organising Committee officials in question had awarded the work of transportation to AM Cars and Van Hire allegedly at a high rate without following the standard tender process. The work was awarded on the false claim that the company was on the panel of the Indian High Commission in London. Two e-mails were purportedly forged by the accused officials to justify the selection of the firm for awarding the work.

Another company, AM Films, was awarded the work of installing three video-screens at the venue of Queen's Baton Relay allegedly at exorbitant rates, on the basis of fake quotations and without following standard procedures.

  • Transportation work to AM Cars and Van Hire awarded at high rate without standard process

  • AM Films awarded work of installing video-screens on the basis of fake quotations