CWG case: Kalmadi, Bhanot charged with corruption, conspiracy

A Delhi court on Friday levelled charges of corruption and conspiracy against former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others in connection with a corruption case linked to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

CWG case: Kalmadi, Bhanot charged with corruption, conspiracy
Suresh Kalmadi (File pic)

Besides Kalmadi, former CWG OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and nine others have been chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly overpaying a Swiss firm Rs 95 crores for timing and scorekeeping equipment that was used at different venues during the games.

The other accused in the case are the OC's Director General VK Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) ASV Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran.

They have been chargesheeted under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including criminal conspiracy.

During arguments over the charges, Kalmadi's counsel said the facts given in the CBI's chargesheet were contrary to documents submitted by the agency to the court.

Kalmadi had told the court that he was only doing the work assigned to him as the OC chairman and nothing wrong was done by him during the entire process. 

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