New Delhi: Trial in a Commonwealth Games related case involving Suresh Kalmadi and nine others will commence on Wednesday in a Delhi court which had invoked charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences against them entailing maximum punishment of life term.
Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur had on February 4 framed charges against Kalmadi, who was sacked as CWG Organising Committee (OC) chairman, and other accused including OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot for the offences punishable under the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
The court had fixed February 20 for commencement of recording of evidence in the case related to alleged "illegal" awarding of a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates and had said that the trial will be held on day-to-day basis barring Monday and Friday.
All the accused were charged under various sections of the IPC, including section 467 (forgery of a valuable security), which entails life term as maximum punishment. The court had framed substantive charge under section 13 (2) read with section 13(1)(d) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Kalmadi.
Kalmadi will also face trial for offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 420 (cheating), 467, 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating),471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Besides these, Kalmadi and other accused have also been charged for offences under sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life) of the IPC. After framing of charges, all the accused had pleaded not guilty and had claimed trial in the case.