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CBI questions Kalmadi over CWG scam

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 06, 2011 Published on January 05, 2011

The Chief Organiser of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, arrives at the Central Bureau of Investigation Office in New Delhi on January 5.   -  The Hindu

The Commonwealth Organising Committee chief, Mr Suresh Kalamdi, was today questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the sports event.

Mr Kalmadi reached the CBI office at about 10 a.m. His questioning began about half-an-hour later, official sources said.

The questioning is about alleged irregularities in the Queen Baton’s Relay held in London last year besides certain contracts awarded to various firms totalling several hundred crores, the sources said.

The agency had raided his Pune and Delhi premises on December 24 during which several documents including digital were seized, they said.

The sleuths have grilled Mr Kalmadi’s three key aides in connection with the scam.

The sources said Mr Manoj Bhori, political advisor to the Organising Committee head, and Mr P.K. Srivastava and Mr A.K. Sinha, both assistants to Mr Kalmadi, were also called for interrogation.

Besides Mr Kalmadi, the CBI had also conducted raids at the residence of the Organising Committee Secretary-General, Mr Lalit Bhanot, Joint Director-General, Mr R.K. Sacheti, and member of the Games Image and Look Group, Ms Sangeeta Welingkar.

The agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged financial irregularities.

While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the CBI had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the Organising Committee in London

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Published on January 05, 2011
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