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CBI to contact four countries

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2011 00:17 IST
Abhishek Sharan
Abhishek Sharan
Hindustan Times
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon send formal requests to four countries to procure information related to its probe into alleged irregularities in the award of Overlays contract, worth over Rs 600 crore at exorbitant rates by the Organising Committee during the Commonwealth Games, held last October.

The formal requests commonly known as Letters Rogatories, will be routed to authorities in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and China’s Special Administrative Region— Hong Kong via a Delhi court.

“We are in the process of sending Letters Rogatories to seek cooperation from the authorities there to help us gather details on the four companies,” said a CBI official.

He added, “The CBI wants to know about the shareholding pattern of the foreign companies and their financial transactions, including their bank accounts relating to the Commonwealth Games contracts.”

The CBI is likely to file its chargesheet in the case within a month.As part of its probe, the CBI had lodged an FIR in January to investigate allegations that the Overlays contracts had been given at exorbitant rates.

Naming OC’s director general, VK Verma, the FIR had alleged that he and other accused officials had entered into a criminal conspiracy with managing director/directors of private companies---representing the four foreign consortiums---in the award of the contracts.