The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be able to file chargesheet soon in the first two cases of the Commonwealth Games scam as the Scotland Yard has handed over the documents to the Indian High Commission in London. The documents will be in the agency’s possession within a week.
The cases involve fiddle over transport bills for the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), where vehicles were hired at an exorbitant from rate AM Films and AM Cars.
Sources said the documents would be helpful in establishing contracts given by the Organizing Committee to Ashish Patel’s firms and the excess payments made to him. The CBI had questioned him in April. His statements had also been recorded by the Scotland Yard.
The two cases against OC officials and Patel were registered on November 15, 2010, but the CBI could not file a chargesheet as it was waiting for the Letters Rogatory’s response.
Sacked OC chief Suresh Kalmadi had allegedly authorised the payments to Patel’s firms, and he was given contracts at very high rates.
CBI had questioned Patel on the basis of emails exchanged between OC officials Sanjay Mohindroo and T S Darbari on the release of payments and contracts.
CBI officials said, “We have substantial evidence against Patel for his complicity with Darbari, Mohindroo and others. We have been waiting for these documents. Now, we will file the chargesheet soon.”
“It is alleged that in relation to the QBR held on October 29, 2009, the OC awarded the work of transportation to the AM Car and Van Hire Ltd at exorbitantly high rates without following the standard tender process,” the CBI FIR stated. Economic Times