An overlays sub-contractor who was the fifth person to be arrested in connection with alleged payment of bribes to Organising Committee officials to secure overlays contracts at exorbitant rates for the Commonwealth Games has been sent to four days' custody of the CBI by a court here.
The CBI told the court that Sandeep Wadhwa, director of Comfort Net Traders India Private Limited, paid a “huge bribe” on behalf of Nussli (Switzerland) Private Limited. When Special Judge (CBI) O. P. Saini asked the agency what evidence it had against Mr. Wadhwa, the investigating officer presented before the judge records to indicate that “two instalments of bribes” were paid by the accused to OC officials (unnamed).
“In light of the material on record I find incriminating material on record…I am satisfied that custodial interrogation is required,” said Mr. Saini in his order.
Opposing the CBI's remand application, Mr. Wadhwa's counsel said his client was only a sub-contractor of Nussli (Switzerland) and was not a beneficiary. He wanted to know from the CBI why no officials of Nussli (Switzerland) had yet been arrested.
So far, the CBI has made five arrests in the overlays scam. Those arrested include Suresh Kalmadi's aide Shekhar M. Deorukhkar, Meroform India managing director Binu Nanu, OC Additional Director-General K.U.K. Reddy and ESJAV:D Art:Indo Consortium director Praveen Bakshi. Another accused in the overlays case, OC Director-General V. K. Verma was arrested and presented before another Delhi court for alleged involvement in the awarding of the Games Timing, Scoring and Results system contract to Swiss Timing Pvt. Ltd.