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CBI to make Ashish Patel accused in QBR case

New Delhi: Armed with documents received from the Scotland Yard, the CBI is likely to make Ashish Patel, owner of AM Films and AM Vans, an accused in the scam related to Queen`s Baton Relay in the Commonwealth Games.

The agency which has completed its probe in the QBR event had sought co-operation from Patel but he did not record his statement despite repeated requests from the CBI, sources said.
With almost all the evidence in its hand, the agency is all set to file its charge sheet in the QBR case, they said.

The case relates to alleged fudging of transport payments for the Queen`s Baton Relay in London as part of Commonwealth Games ceremonies. The vehicles were allegedly hired at exorbitant rates from AM Films and AM Vans. Senior officials of the agency are of the view that documents received from the Scotland Yard are crucial in establishing alleged irregularities and quid pro quo in awarding contracts given by the Organising Committee to Patel`s companies.

CBI has registered two cases against OC officials and Patel on November 15, 2010, but it could not file charge sheet as it was waiting for a response to the Letters Rogatory from the UK. Sacked OC chief Suresh Kalmadi had allegedly authorised the payments to Patel`s firms at exorbitant rates.

"It is alleged that in relation to the QBR held on October 29, 2009, the OC awarded the work of transportation to the AM Cars and Van Hire Ltd at exorbitantly high rates without following the standard tender process," the CBI FIR stated.

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