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Apr 27, 2011 at 09:02am IST

TSR scam now hits National Games too

New Delhi: Former Commomwealth Games Chief Suresh Kalmadi's involvement in the Time Scoring and result scam, first exposed on CNN-IBN may be actually deeper. New revelations by CNN-IBN show that the same pattern of inflated prices for TSR equipment was witnessed in the recently concluded national games as well.

Documents exclusively accessed by CNN-IBN, and now available with the CBI are bound to add to Kalmadi's problems at a realistic level.

Suresh Kalmadi has been arrested in the TSR scam as the CBI has accused him of conspiring with a private firm named Gem International, which is the Indian representative of Swiss timing, to cause a loss of almost Rs 50 crores.

Now investigators are trying to figure out whether this deal was only operational during Commonwealth Games or was it also meant for the recently concluded National Games in Jharkhand.

An internal audit report from the Jharkhand vigilance department questions the need for awarding contract of time scoring devices to the same firm - Gem international. The pattern here is the same with Gem International bagging the order at an exorbitant sum of Rs 880.77 lakh while there was another vendor, Shiv Naresh Sports, offering the same equipment for Rs 155.86 lakh.

Even in jail, a letter written by Kalmadi's aide SM Hashmi is going to compound his woes. CNN-IBN has a copy of the hand written note made by SM Hashmi, the Organising Secretary of National Games, stating that the list of equipment has been provided by the President of the IOA (Suresh Kalmadi) and a discussion was held with him in Delhi.

The representatives of Gem International have been questioned by the CBI on Tuesday. The CBI wants to bring Suresh Kalmadi face to face with the representatives of this firm. The idea is to figure out just how did money travel from Swiss timing through Gem, all the way to Kalmadi and others.

On his part, Kalmadi has always maintained that he himself had nothing to do with any purchases during the National Games and a separate committee was set up to approve them. But Jharkhand's Principal Accountant General's report, accessed by CNN-IBN, states clearly that serious omissions and commissions have taken place in financial dealings for the games.

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