CBI Gives List of Witnesses to Court in CWG Case
CBI today submitted in a Delhi court the first list of prosecution witnesses to be summoned for recording of their statements in a CWG-related corruption case in which Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi and nine other accused were put on trial.

The agency filed before Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur the list of eight prosecution witnesses to be summoned for their deposition on February 20, 21, 23, 26 and 28.

The witnesses named in the list includes some former official of the 2010 CWG Organising Committee (OC) and others.

Kalmadi and nine others were earlier put on trial by the court which had invoked charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences against them entailing life imprisonment as maximum punishment.

The court had framed charges against Kalmadi, who was sacked as CWG OC Chairman, OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and others for the offences punishable under the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.

The court has fixed February 20 for commencement of trial in the case in which all the accused have been charged under various sections of the IPC, including section 467 (forgery of a valuable security), which entails life term as maximum punishment.

The court had framed substantive charge against Kalmadi under section 13 (2) read with section 13(1)(d) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kalmadi will also face trial for offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 420 (cheating), 467, 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating),471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Besides these, Kalmadi and other accused had also been charged for offences under sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life) of the IPC.

After framing of charges, all the accused had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the case.

The accused were chargesheeted by CBI for illegally awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.

Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, among the other accused in the case are OC's former Director General V K Verma, former Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, former Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and former Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sports body.

Apart from the six, promoters of two construction firms - P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions- are also accused in the case. AKR Constructions is also an accused in the case.

CBI had alleged Kalmadi and others had rejected Spanish firm MSL's much lower bid of Rs 62 crore and awarded the contract to Swiss Timing Omega, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
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