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CWG scam: Kalmadi, Bhanot, others charged

Charges against sacked CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, former Olympic Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot and nine others will be framed in a Commonwealth Games related case for offences of forgery, cheating and conspiracy. Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh passed the order on framing of charges against them for illegally awarding a contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega, causing huge loss to the exchequer.

The CBI has chargesheeted them and the firm for illegally awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer. The CBI had alleged Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL’s much lower bid of Rs 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega. The court said ‘prima facie’ charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for offences under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against eight accused persons and three companies. ‘Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 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 said.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused are OC’s director general V K Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran.
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