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Games raids at 20 places

The CBI conducted raids at 20 places in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai in connection with the Commonwealth Games scam on Thursday. HT reports.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2011 01:14 IST
HT Correspondent

The CBI conducted raids at 20 places in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai in connection with the Commonwealth Games scam on Thursday.

The premises belong to eight officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and three officials of firms, including a Chinese company, that undertook work for the Games in October.

Following the operations, the Central Bureau of Investigation registered three First Information Reports (FIRs) as part of its probe into alleged irregularities in the upgradation and renovation projects - worth around R320 crore - carried out at the Talkatora and Shivaji stadiums in the run-up to the Games in Delhi.

One of the private firms, China Railway Shisiju Group Corporation had been awarded the Shivaji stadium upgradation and renovation project worth R160 crore. But the company allegedly sub-contracted the work to an Indian firm, Simplex Projects Limited, in violation of the terms and conditions of the contract with the Games authorities, an official said.

"The accused officials of the NDMC and CPWD had entered into a criminal conspiracy with private persons and firms, abusing their official positions, and awarded contracts for upgradation and renovation of the Shivaji and Talkatora stadiums at exorbitant rates," said a CBI official who didn't want to be named.