Another case against Kalmadi, ED slaps money laundering charge

New Delhi: Troubles mounted for the sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi with the Enforcement Directorate registering a money laundering case against him in connection with financial dealings during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The Directorate, which had earlier charged Mr. Kalmadi for alleged violation of foreign exchange rules, has now moved a court to seek the custody of Congress MP from Pune and record his statement.

Mr. Kalmadi, arrested by CBI last month on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the Timing, Scoring Result system (TSR) relating to Commonwealth Games, is currently in judicial custody.

Sources said today the ED has registered the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Mr. Kalmadi as he had a role in every financial dealing of the OC, by virtue of being its Chairman.

The findings of the CBI and the ED in the entire Games probe were also taken into account while pressing the money laundering charges, the sources said.

The ED, after obtaining the court’s permission, will also question Mr. Kalmadi in connection with the money laundering and foreign exchange cases that it has registered in the overlays and the Queens Baton Relay (QBR) scams.

The agency has also asked Mr. Kalmadi to furnish details of his bank accounts, movable and immovable properties, instances of foreign travel before the Commonwealth Games held last year, and transactions of foreign exchange in the last few years.

Sources said Mr. Kalmadi has asked for a few weeks’ time to furnish these details to the ED.