Taking the probe in Commonwealth Games corruption further, the CBI on Thursday carried out nationwide searches at 20 locations on the premises of functionaries of various agencies involved in renovation of Talkatora and Shivaji stadiums and registered three fresh cases.
CBI registered two cases against agencies involved in the restoration and renovation work of these stadiums and a separate case regarding the appointment of consultants during the games, official sources said.
The agency sleuths carried out searches in New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai early this morning, they said, adding, the searches are still on.
The CBI suspects that the contracts for restortion works were awarded at an exorbitant rate by state/central authiorities to undeserving contractors.
The restoration work on Shivaji Stadium could not be completed during the Commonwealth Games despite huge costs incurred and question marks were raised about the escalation of the cost in renovation of Talkatora stadium, sources said.
Regarding the appointment of 35 consultants, the CBI is trying to ascertain whether the professional profiles of the consultants, mentioned in the CWG OC records were true.
Sources in the agency said it was important to know if the consultants, mentioned in the record books were actually hired and brought here for the conduct of the games or they were just mentioned in accounts and money siphoned off in their names.
The CBI has still not lodged eight FIRs in its CWG corruption probe.