CWG Organising Committee (OC) secretary general, Lalit Bhanot, has dragged the Delhi government and the sports ministry in the scam related to the awarding of contracts for timing, scoring and result systems acquired for the October event.
Bhanot’s advocates Ramesh Gupta and Manoj Taneja said “He (Bhanot) just endorsed the decisions for the selection of timing devices company as the committee comprising members of the Delhi government and sports ministry recommended the said company.”
The CBI counsel argued that the investigating agency has seized a number of documents, which specifically establish that Bhanot and OC director general VK Verma acted in criminal conspiracy to defraud the Government of India.
Bhanot’s counsels rubbished the CBI’s arguments stating that Commonwealth Federation suggested the Swiss company, Omega, as it was in their opinion the world’s best in recording time at international events.
To this, the CBI replied that both Bhanot and Verma abused their official position and awarded contracts to the company at exorbitant rates of approximately Rs 107 crore by restricting all competition. “The accused were the main functionaries and key personnel in OC, and were deeply involved and instrumental in allotment of contract in a pre-planned and pre-mediated manner,” the CBI told the court.
It also said that they remained non-cooperative, and were not revealing the true facts and circumstances related to the scam and that it wanted to confront them with the voluminous incriminating documents.
The CBI sought their custodial interrogation for probing into the role of their other associates in India and abroad. Special judge Talwant Singh remanded both Bhanot and Verma to five-day police custody.