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Charges against Kalmadi to be framed on 4 Feb

A Delhi court on Thursday fixed 4 February  for framing charges against sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi for allegedly cheating, conspiring and causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer in a Games-related graft case.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) Judge Ravinder Kaur deferred the framing of charges, saying she needs more time to go through the entire records of the case before passing any order.

The special judge has taken charge of this court on 2 January after the earlier judge, who had ordered framing of charges, was transferred. The case was fixed for Thursday for formally framing of charges against all the accused.

The court had on 21 December 2012 passed the order on framing of charges under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against Kalmadi and nine others, including former Organising Committee (OC) Secretary General Lalit Bhanot.

Besides cheating and conspiracy, the accused will also be charged with the offences of forgery under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and criminal misconduct by public servants under the PC Act.

‘Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), read with 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the accused,’ the court had said.

The accused have been charge sheeted by the CBI for ‘illegally’ awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at an inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC’s former Director General V K Verma, former Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, former Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and former Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.

The court had said substantial charges of misusing official position have been made out against six former OC officials, who were public servants.

Apart from the six, promoters of two construction firms - P D Arya and A K Madan’s Gem International based in North Indian city of Faridabad and A K Reddy of AKR Constructions which is based in South Indian city Hyderabad are also accused in the case. Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.
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