Former CWG chief Suresh Kalmadi along with his aides forged the expression of interest submitted by a Swiss company for timing, scoring and result (TSR) devices. As a result, the company bagged the contract at Rs 107 crore — almost thrice the quotations of other competitive biddings.
The CBI has charged Kalmadi and other four accused for cheating, forging and criminal conspiracy. The court on Wednesday sent Kalmadi, Prasad and Lal to 14-day judicial custody.
According to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), there was a four-stage clearance methodology for accepting the expression of interest for TSR devices, ranging from pricing structure to performance in international events. Kalmadi in collusion with CWG general secretary Lalit Bahnot, director general VK Verma, joint director general (sports) ASV Prasad and deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, arrested in scam, manipulated the Organising Committee (OC) officials at the first three stages.
A CBI official on condition of anonymity said, "One of the OC officials has recorded his statement before a magistrate elaborating the modus operandi of all the accused in the TSR scam." The CBI source did not name the official.
The source further added, "At the fourth stage of clearance, an OC official objected the exorbitant cost at which contract was being awarded. Later, his disapproval was stroked-off and over written as 'seen', which meant approval for the contract. This resulted in wrongful gain to Swiss Timing."
The investigating agency told the special CBI judge, "The investigation of this case is at crucial stage. Some important witnesses are yet to be examined. The role of accused persons Kalmadi, Prasad and Lal is of serious nature."
"An official familiar with investigations said that Kalmadi deputed officials of his choice at various key positions in the CWG committees. We have also submitted a CD to the court, which exposes Kalmadi and his aides’ conspiracy to award the contract to Swiss Timing," added the CBI source.