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Darbari, Mahendroo had foreign links to siphon off funds: CBI

Court remands accused duo to 6-day CBI custody for further interrogation.

delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2010 00:53 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times

The CBI on Tuesday told a city court that TS Darbari and Sanjay Mahendroo, close aids of beleaguered Commonwealth Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi siphoned off public funds by over invoicing contracts in an international operation, which involved accomplices in foreign countries.

The Additional Superintendent of police, CBI, MR Kadole told the court, "No tender related to Queen's baton relay was ever floated. The accused had awarded the contracts to the concerned London based firms AM Car and Van Hire Limited and AM Films UK Limited".

The investigating agency told the CBI special judge AS Judge that they need to trail the ill-gotten amount accumulated by the two accused.

The CBI, in an application seeking 7-day custodial interrogation of the accused, said, "Modus operandi of the accused and the role of other associates in India and abroad is required to be investigated".

Tanveer Ahmed Mir and Deepak Dhingra, counsel for accused, said the accused have been falsely implicated in the case as they never awarded any contracts to these London-based firms or released any payments.

Darbari said in court, "I did not take any decision. All the decisions regarding the tendering process were taken by the 13-member OC."

CBI director Ashwini Kumar told the media persons, "Right now we have zeroed in on two individuals and are investigating the case. Whosoever they further name during the investigations...we will corroborate. We do not rule out registration of more cases".

Darbari and Mahendroo are likely to land in more trouble as the Enforcement Directorate is also contemplating a corruption case them.

The CBI said they have recovered voluminous incriminating documents from the residence and CWG offices of the accused, which prima facie reveals prominent corruption.

The judge said, "Both the accused were arrested only yesterday. Their further custodial interrogation is required to unearth the conspiracy and the names of other possible co-accused". The court sent the accused duo to CBI's custody till November 22.

The CBI, in its application said, "The accused are high profile and well-connected persons and if left free at the stage of preliminary investigation, it is likely that they may tamper with evidence and influence vital witnesses".

Detailing the role of the accused, the CBI said in court that the duo entered into a criminal conspiracy by abusing their official position and awarded work to M/s AM Car and Van Hire Limited on the basis of false and forged documents (emails) and thereby caused a huge loss to the government.

First Published: Nov 17, 2010 00:46 IST