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Two more officials to be quizzed

Intensifying its probe into questionable fund transfers to some foreign firms, including UK-based A.M. Films and Australian firm Sports Marketing and Management by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned two more officials for questioning.

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2010 00:32 IST
Manish Tiwari

Intensifying its probe into questionable fund transfers to some foreign firms, including UK-based A.M. Films and Australian firm Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM) by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned two more officials for questioning.

ED sleuths will question V.K. Verma, director general of CWG Organising Committee (OC), on August 19, suspended OC joint director general (Accounts and Finance) M. Jaychandran has been summoned by the directorate on August 18, sources said.

The two officials are under the scanner after the ED came across vital leads with regards to fund transactions.

The ED, which examined sacked CWG OC joint director general T. S. Darbari and former deputy director general Dr. Sanjay Mohindroo on August 9, had decided to question some other OC officials over the alleged financial irregularities.

Sources said the ED had, meanwhile, sent a letter to Jarnail Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the OC asking him to provide records relating to the fund transactions to A.M. Films and SMAM.

Singh headed the three-member panel that probed allegations of corruption in preparations of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Besides, the directorate has asked him to provide the committee's inquiry report into the allegations and also supply records relating to the tender for the Queen's Baton Relay at the Buckingham Palace on October 29, 2009.

During his question, Darbari maintained that he was not part of the committee that decided to engage A.M. Films for its services during the baton relay launch. The decision, he said, was taken by a committee comprising Mohindroo, suspended OC joint director general (Accounts and Finance) M. Jaychandran and deputy director general (communications) Sudhir Verma.

Sources said the ED had approached the Royal Bank of Scotland in UK, seeking fund transaction records relating to A.M. Films and was in the process of scrutinising the documents relating to the transactions and grant of contracts to different agencies in London — supplied by Darbari on August 9.

The agency is also trying to ascertain the links of some of the 'tainted' OC officials with CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi. Sources said the ED could even calls officials of some other associations like the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for questioning.

The directorate is probing allegations in the wake of British authorities referring to the Indian High Commission a matter regarding A.M. Films to which a big amount was transferred.