Investigation by the CBI, which on Friday chargesheeted former officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee for awarding the Timing, Scoring & Results (TSR) system contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate, suspects the involvement of a Hyderabad-based sub-contractor in the Games irregularities.
The agency believes that the sub-contractor, hired for the project despite being ineligible, might allegedly be the part of the quid pro quo in the scam.
"The choice of the Hyderabad-based sub-contractor was inexplicable as it lacked the kind of skill sets and experience that were required to be associated with a high-tech, sophisticated project like the TSR," said a source in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"The sub-contractor is a construction company that has specialisation only in carrying out canal-lining works and had never performed any TSR function before it was hired," he said. "This sub-contractor received Rs 11.28 crore for laying of temporary cables, but had practically done nothing to justify this huge payment."
"We suspect the amount could be a quid-pro-quo linked to the favours shown by the OC officials," said the source.
The project's two sub-contractors received R23.21 crore "for certain perfunctory services" which did not match the alleged "little or no work they did" said the official.
"The accused OC officials awarded the contract to a firm that had submitted its bid on the last date of the deadline announced by the OC for accepting tenders," the official added.