A Delhi court on Friday ordered framing of charges against former Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others in the Commonwealth Games scam case for offences of forgery, cheating and conspiracy.
Special CBI judge Talwant Singh ordered framing of charges against Kalmadi, former OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and nine others for illegally awarding a contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega, causing huge loss to the exchequer.
Holding that "prima facie" charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act were made out against the accused, the court will formally frame charges against the accused on January 10 when they will be asked, "Do you plead guilty?"
The court said: "Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201(destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the accused."
Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC's director-general VK Verma, director-general (procurement) Surjit Lal, joint director general (sports) ASV Prasad and treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.
Promoters of construction companies - PD Arya and AK Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and AK Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions are also accused in the case. Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.