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CWG scam: Kalmadi, 9 others charged

Posted on Feb 04, 02:10PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 4 : The 2010 Commonwealth Games scam key accused Suresh Kalmadi and nine others were charged in a special CBI court in Delhi on Monday which also cleared fast-tracking of the hearing into the allegations levelled against the sacked Organizing Committee chief of the Games and nine others in the irregularities related to the Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system installation.

The court on Monday has framed charges against former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWGOC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and nine others for their alleged action in the games that resulted in a drastic loss of over Rs. 90 crore to the exchequer, said reports.

The CBI court has also directed a fast-track hearing for the case that will be held four times a week and the next hearing is scheduled to be on Feb 7.

Trial in timing, scorching and results related to scam will begin from Feb 20.

All the accused were summoned to appear in court on Monday.

Kalmadi was sacked in April 2011 after he was accused of his alleged role in corruption, theft and conspiracy in a graft case linked to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Last year special CBI Judge Talwant Singh of the Patiala House court had passed the order for framing charges against Kalmadi, former organising committee secretary Lalit Bhanot and nine others for illegally awarding a contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega that caused a huge loss to the exchequer.

The accused were chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly "illegally" awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing. The contract allegedly caused a loss of over Rs. 90 crore to the state exchequer.

The court on Dec 21 said that prima facie charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against eight accused and three companies.

The court had earlier said: "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 are ordered to be framed against all the accused."

Kalmadi was arrested on April 25, 2011, and was detained in Delhi's Tihar Jail for nine months. He was released after the Delhi High Court granted him bail on Jan 19 last year.

After his release, Kalmadi, a Congress leader, reportedly returned to public life and political field in his hometown Pune.

He was spotted flagging off a train to Ahmedabad at the Pune railway station and also attended a meeting of Parliament's Defence Consultative Committee in the national capital with top politicians on Feb 2012.

Meanwhile, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for the scam.

BJP leader Balbir Punj said while Kalmadi was responsible for the Commonwealth Games organisation scam, massive infrastructure build-up ahead of the Games also has scams as pointed out by the CAG and for that Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit and her government associates are responsible.