CWG: CBI to file baton relay chargesheet this month
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to soon file its chargesheet in the probe related to alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) in London in 2009, ahead of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi.
Two London-based firms -AM Films Limited and AM Car and Van Hire - had bagged the QBR contracts. While AM Films Limited had installed three video screens near Buckingham Palace, AM Car and Van Hire had provided buses and taxis for the event held in October 2009.
The two contracts were allegedly awarded at exorbitant rates via irregular methods at the behest of a few then serving OC officials on a quid-pro-quo basis, said a CBI source.
The chargesheet, which is set to be filed early in March, is likely to name a few then serving officials of the CWG's Organising Committee (OC) that had conducted the QBR, along with a businessman.
"The CBI has already received some important documents from the United Kingdom's Scotland Yard in response to our formal requests for their help. These documents are key to establishing suspected irregularities in awarding QBR contracts," said the source.
The CBI is yet to receive the statement of the businessman though London authorities had recorded it a month ago.
The CBI, via informal channels, has in any case learnt about the details contained in the businessman's statement. "The statement does not throw much light on how the irregularities were committed or the role of suspects. It might not be of much use," said the source.