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Darbari sent to jail, CBI traces 24 bank accounts in his name

The CBI has traced 24 bank accounts belonging to Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official TS Darbari, a close aide of OC chief Suresh Kalmadi, who was on Thursday sent to jail after eight-day custodial interrogation by the probe agency.
By Sumit Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2010 01:37 AM IST

The CBI has traced 24 bank accounts belonging to Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official TS Darbari, a close aide of OC chief Suresh Kalmadi, who was on Thursday sent to jail after eight-day custodial interrogation by the probe agency.

CBI sources linked with the investigation said the wealth in Darbari’s possession has links with financial transactions in the Queen’s Baton relay scam. The investigating agency has seized documents relating to financial credentials along with other OC official documents.

“These 24 bank accounts are scattered across Delhi and NCR in various private and government banks. All these accounts are in active state with recent transactions,” said a CBI official on condition of anonymity.

The investigating agency has also secured a crucial document, which gives details on minutes of meeting held for bids relating to display service during the baton relay.

The CBI has also in its possession, documents giving minute-by-minute details of the OC’s financial department meeting on September 4, 2009, which later awarded the contract to AM Films and Vans.

“We have seized documents wherein final decision was taken for the approval of payments for Queen’s Baton relay. Various messages were exchanged between Darbari and Sanjay Mahendroo — another OC official — giving extensive details about the nature of financial transaction related to scam,” said the CBI official.

The probe agency is also examining the hard disk of two laptops that were recovered from the possession of the accused. The agency in a micro-level scrutiny has collected all the details related to Darbari and Mahendroo’s expenses.

“Darbari and Mahendroo spent lavishly on their trips to several countries ranging from luxurious accommodation to expensive dining during the Queen’s Baton relay,” said a senior official.

On Thursday, a Delhi court allowed custodial interrogation of former OC official M Jeyachandran for two days by the CBI. While extending Jeyachandran’s CBI custody, the special CBI court rejected Darbari’s contention stating that CBI is playing foul game by arresting him in one case and keeping the option for re-arresting in another case registered in the scam.

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