New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday ordered framing of charges against sacked Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others in the CWG scam case. All the accused will be charged with the offence of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and also under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Passing the order, Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh fixed January 10 as the deadline for formally framing charges against all the accused in the case. Along with Kalmadi, former CWG Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhenot is also one of the accused in the cases.
The court said "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 persons and three companies. "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 is ordered to be framed against all the accused," the court said.
"Put up for formally framing of charges on January 10 at 10.30 am," the judge said. The accused have been chargesheeted by the CBI for "illegally" awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and
Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at an inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer.
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC's Director General VK Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) ASV Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.
Promoters of two construction companies - PD Arya and AK Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and AK Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions are also accused in the case. Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.
(With additional information from PTI)