Kalmadi remanded in CBI custody for eight days

New Delhi: Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, arrested on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in connection with awarding some Games contracts, was on Tuesday remanded in CBI custody for eight days by a Delhi Court for custodial interrogation.

The other two arrested OC officials Surjeet Lal, Deputy Director General (Procurement), and A.S.V.Prasad, Joint Director General (Sport), were also remanded in CBI custody till May 4 by Special CBI judge Talwant Singh.

The CBI had on Monday arrested Mr. Kalmadi, Mr. Lal and Mr. Prasad for allegedly awarding illegal contracts to a Swiss firm for Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system for the Games causing a loss of Rs.95 crore to the exchequer.

The agency had sought 14 days’ custody of Mr. Kalmadi and his associates contending that they have to be interrogated to unearth the money trail in the scam.

However, the judge granted eight days to the CBI to question Kalmadi and the two other accused.

The agency had submitted that Mr. Kalmadi and his associates were not cooperating with the investigators and have been “evasive” in responding to the questions.

“The behaviour of the accused so far has remained evasive and non-cooperative and they are not revealing the true facts and circumstances of the criminal conspiracy leading to the award of TSR system contract to Swiss Timing in a wrongful manner,” the CBI alleged.

“Kalmadi as Chairman of the Organising Committee of CWG, Prasad as Joint Director General (Sport) and Lal as Deputy Director General (Procurement) during the relevant period were among the main functionaries and key personnel in OC.

“They were deeply involved and instrumental in allotment of TSR contract to Swiss Timing in a pre-planned and premeditated manner at exorbitant rates, thus causing wrongful loss to the government,” the agency claimed.

Mr. Kalmadi, a Congress MP from Pune, and the two other officials have been booked under section 120B (conspiracy) read with Section 420 (cheating) IPC and other relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mr. Kalmadi’s arrest has come weeks after his close aide and OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and Director General V.K. Verma were taken into custody in the same case.