CBI raids residences of 4 CWG officials

Searches conducted in Gurgaon, Noida & Delhi

CBI raids residences of 4 CWG officials

Official sources said the CBI has registered an FIR in on a Rs 107-crore deal stuck with a Swiss firm for results update system for the Commonwealth Games.

The CBI conducted searches on 11 premises, including the residences of Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director-General V K Verma, R K Sacheti, Joint Director General (Coordination) and Sangeeta Welingkar, member of the Games Image and Look Group.

The searches were carried out in Gurgaon, Noida and the national capital, including at the OC headquarters, the sources said. This is the third FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in CWG projects. The CBI had earlier registered two FIRs in connection with alleged irregularities in Queen’s Baton Relay held in London.

Three other aides of Kalmadi—T S Darbari, Sanjay Mohindroo and M Jayachandran—are already under custody for their alleged involvement in the Queen’s Baton Relay scam. This is the first time that the premises of both Bhanot and Verma, both considered close to Kalmadi, were searched.

While Verma has been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate a couple of times, Bhanot was also on their radar, the sources said. Verma claimed that the allegations were absolutely baseless as the matter had been examined by so many high-level committees.

“The whole thing was referred to the ministry. This whole presentation, the whole discussion took place in the executive board meeting of the CWG. So there has been complete transparency of every step taken in this case,” he said. Bhanot also denied any wrongdoing during the conduct of the Games last month.

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