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TSR mess: Kalmadi says Gill, officials knew of deal

Former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC), Suresh Kalmadi, who was arrested on Monday by the CBI has insisted to interrogators that the decision to award the Rs107-crore contract for Timing, Scoring & Result (TSR) devices to Swiss Timing-Omega was correct.

delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2011 23:35 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC), Suresh Kalmadi, who was arrested on Monday by the CBI has insisted to interrogators that the decision to award the Rs107-crore contract for Timing, Scoring & Result (TSR) devices to Swiss Timing-Omega was correct.

The CBI had charged him with favouring the Swiss firm even though competitors had quoted much lower prices.

Kalmadi told CBI officials that he had not acted alone and that the decision to award the contract to the Swiss firm was taken with the approval of the then minister of youth affairs and sports MS Gill, bureaucrats belonging to his ministry, and foreign technical consultants, said an agency source.

“Kalmadi also claimed that the OC’s chief executive officer Jarnail Singh was in the decision-making chain to award the contract to the Swiss firm as he was the convenor of the OC’s finance sub-committee that approved of the decision in November 2009,” the source said.

Kalmadi cited deliberations of the finance sub-committee meeting on December 12, 2009, which was attended by the then youth affairs and sports secretary Sindhushree Khullar and joint secretary Rahul Bhatnagar as well as Singh, Kalmadi and the two foreign technical consultants Brian Nourse (who had provided consultancy for the 2006 Melbourne CWG Games) and Derek Phillips.

“According to Kalmadi, a decision was taken at this meeting to award the contract to the Swiss firm —and not the other bidder MSL, Spain — and that the decision seemed right in view of the time constraint. Due to the fact even if a fresh single-tendering bidding process was initiated, the Swiss firm will get selected,” said the source.

He also claimed that the CBI should bring into the scanner a few high profile individuals associated with the Delhi state government for the conduct of the games. “A few key differentiating factors eliminate others who might have a role in the TSR decisions...,” a source said.