A team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday checked three bank lockers and accounts of Suresh Kalmadi, former chairman of organizing committee of Commonwealth Games.
While Pune CBI officials were in the dark about the action, nobody was available from Kalmadi's family to confirm about the CBI move despite several attempts. Sources close to Kalmadi, however, confirmed about the CBI action.
They said Kalmadi's family members were accompanying the CBI team from Delhi. According to sources, three bank lockers were already sealed by the investigating agency, when Kalmadi's house and business premises in Pune were raided on December 24 last.
These lockers were opened today as a part of investigation, they said. Sources said a team of income tax officials was also present when bank lockers were opened.
The action began around 2pm and was in progress till evening. Sources said all three lockers are from Pune's Deccan Gymkhana area, where Kalmadi's house is situated.
One of them is a prominent cooperative bank in Maharashtra, sources said. CBI action comes in the wake of arrest of his private secretary Shekhar Deorukhkar on February 11.
Deorukhkar, who has been Kalmadi's private secretary for more than a decade, used to monitor Kalmadi affairs in Pune. Deorukhkar, booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) is currently in Tihar jail.
Several of Kalmadi's top aides including former secretary general Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma, director general in the Organising Committee, have been arrested in the last few months for alleged financial irregularities in various cases pertaining to the sporting event. Bhanot and Verma were arrested on allegations of irregularities in award of contract to a company Swiss Time Keeping.
With agency inputs