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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 22, 2012
A city court on Wednesday reserved its order on the framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others for December 21 in the CWG scam case. Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, who had scheduled the pronouncement of order for Wednesday, deferred it to December 21.

Besides Kalmadi, former CWG organising committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot and nine others have been chargesheeted by the CBI under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly "illegally" awarding a contract to install the Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system during the 2010 Commonwealth Games to Swiss Timing at inflated rates, causing a loss of over Rs. 90 crore to the state exchequer.

The CBI had alleged that Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL's much lower bid of Rs. 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega, causing a loss of over Rs. 90 crore to the exchequer.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other nine accused are organising committee's director general VK Verma, director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, joint director general (sports) ASV Prasad and treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.

Promoters of two construction companies PD Arya and AK Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and AK Reddy and his firm AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.

Apart from the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega, the Swiss firm which was awarded the contract allegedly at exorbitant rate and AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.

They have been chargesheeted under various provisions of the IPC, including those of criminal conspiracy.