A day after his arrest, Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday remanded to eight days’ CBI custody by a special court in New Delhi.
The CBI told special judge Talwant Singh its officials had recovered a CD in which Kalmadi is heard announcing his decision to award the contract for timing, scoring and result (TSR) devices to a Swiss firm at a meeting of the OC.
The CBI said in its remand application that Kalmadi and his aides had awarded the contract at an inflated cost of Rs 107 crore in "a most wrongful manner, eliminating or restricting all competition", thereby causing a huge loss to the government.
Kalmadi’s counsel Amit Desai said, "He cooperated with the CBI whenever the agency required his presence. Sports minister MS Gill took all the decisions related to the scam. There was no reason to arrest him."
Kalmadi, who will be staying at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi during this period, has been permitted by the court to have his meals and medicines sent from home. The court has allowed his family members and defence counsel to meet him for 30 minutes every day.
A man identified as Manoj Sharma hurled his slipper at Kalmadi as he was on his way to the court in the Patiala House Courts complex. Sharma was caught by the policemen escorting Kalmadi before he could hit Kalmadi.
Though reports had said earlier that Kalmadi and his aides had ignored a Rs 46 crore bid by Spanish company MSL, there was no mention of the competitor in the remand application. Neither was the quantum of loss suffered by the government mentioned.
Vijay Kumar Malhotra, senior vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association will officiate as president in Kalmadi’s place in the IOA.