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CBI chargesheets Kalmadi in CWG TSR scam
Published on 21 May. 2011 12:39 AM IST
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Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi and eight others have been chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Time Scoring and Results scam. The CBI called Kalmadi as the “main accused” in a corruption case relating to irregularities in awarding the Time Scoring and Results contract to Swiss Timing Omega.
“Kalmadi is the main accused as he was the person with all supreme powers. He had the supreme over riding powers in the Organising Committee of the CWG, 2010,” the chargesheet said. In the 50-page chargesheet two companies, AKR Constructions and Swiss Timing Omega, have also been named. The Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh took the chargesheet into record and fixed it for taking up the issue of cognisance on it on May 23.
They have been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and Section 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act (for giving bribe).
The selection process for awarding the TSR contract took around three years. Swiss Timing’s first presentation was made one year after the publication of expression of interest and the expression of interest was issued by the then Commonwealth Games Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot without the knowledge of Games Finance Committee
Swiss Timing itself recorded Rs 18 crore as escalation cost due to delays. Former Organising Committee director general VK Verma changed the eligibility criteria of the TSR deal without bringing it to the notice of Organising Committee Executive Board.
Kalmadi ensured that the committee formed to approve the TSR deal consisted of those who favoured Swiss Timing. Two officials, VK Gautam and Sujit Panigrahi, were forced to resign from their positions in the Organising Committee as they opposed the choice of Swiss Timing.
An overall loss of Rs 90 crore was incurred due to awarding the contract to Swiss Timing.

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