CWG scam: One jailed for six years, four for four years

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday jailed a company official for six years, and another company official and four municipal officers convicted in a Commonwealth Games scam for four years each.

Those sent to prison by CBI Special Judge Brijesh Garg were then superintending engineer D.K. Sugan, then executive engineer O.P. Mahala, then accountant V. Raju and then tender clerk Gurcharan Singh of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Sweka Power Tech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. managing director T.P. Singh was jailed for six years and fined Rs.42,000 and director J.P. Singh was sent to prison for four years and fined Rs.22,000.

They were accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy for upgrading street lights during the 2010 Commonwealth Games and awarded the contract to Sweka by manipulating tender documents.

This caused undue pecuniary loss of over Rs.1.42 crore to the government, a CBI chargesheet said.

The MCD officials were held guilty of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code. The company and its directors were convicted for offences dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.

The court fined the firm Rs.70,000 and the MCD officials Rs.30,000 each.

On Monday, the court convicted all six, all of who were present in the court on Wednesday.

The court said: “The allegations proved against the convicts are quite serious in nature. They conspired together and cheated the MCD/Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi for forging the tender documents, a valuable security, and have also forged the tender opening register.”

This was the first CWG irregularity to be decided by a court.

The CBI also charge-sheeted Mehul Karnik of Philips India Pvt. Ltd. but he was discharged.

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