New Delhi: In a major development in the Commonwealth Games scam, AM Films and Cars owner Ashish Patel has given a statement to the London police in the Queen's Baton Relay scam case alleging that Suresh Kalmadi gave inflated contracts to the company for cars. Patel's statement is key in nailing former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee president Kalmadi's role in the Baton Relay scam case.
Patel's statement is important for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prove its case in the Queen's Baton Relay scam that the loss to the exchequer was caused by Kalmadi and other accused by giving inflated contracts to AM Films and Cars.
Sources say the CBI is hopeful of receiving the statement this week itself after which the chargesheet will be filed.
Patel's statement will be admissible in the Indian courts if it has been recorded in the court in UK.
The CBI is expected to get Patel's statement, which was reportedly recorded by the Scotland Yard police, through diplomatic channel.
Kalmadi was arrested on April 26, 2011 for his alleged role in awarding the contract for installing the Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to Swiss Times Omega for the Commonwealth Games at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer.
He has also been accused of masterminding several other scams related to the Games, which were held in New Delhi in October 2011.