NEW DELHI: The CBI today conducted searches at 11 places, including at the residences of two top aides of Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi, in connection with alleged irregularities in a contract for the CWG result update system.
Cases were registered against OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and Director General V K Verma after the raids, official sources said.
They said the searches started early this morning with regard to a Rs 107 crore deal struck with a firm for results update system for the Commonwealth Games. The searches were carried out in Gurgaon, Noida and the national capital, the sources said.
This is the third FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in CWG projects. The CBI has already registered two FIRs in connection with alleged irregularities in CWG projects and has arrested some former Games officials.
This is the first time when 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, “These allegations are absolutely baseless. Any suspicion on any individual is totally baseless because you should see this whole matter has been examined by so many high-level committees…several committees had examined the matter.
“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. PTI SAK SC
Bhanot said he cooperated with the CBI.
“The CBI team came in the morning and they wanted to search the house. We were transparent. I don’t hide anything and we are giving them whatever file they are asking for,” he said.
The CWG Organizing Committee Secretary General maintained that the decisions were taken jointly by the executive board of the CWG which also included government representatives.
“Whatever the decision has been taken it has been jointly taken by the Board and it includes members from government, various federations and the OC,” he said.