CBI raids Suresh Kalmadi’s aides | CWG scamNumber of View: 122
CBI raids Suresh Kalmadi’s aides | CWG scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be closing in on Suresh Kalmadi, after an FIR was lodged against the tainted Commonwealth Games Organising chairman’s close aides Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma on Tuesday.
The CBI has charged the duo for criminal conspiracy, misuse of official post, cheating and forgery in the CWG overlays scam. The CBI is understood to have observed glaring irregularities in the deals struck by both Bhanot and Verma, according to Times Now.
The CBI raided the offices and residences of Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma and the raids are currently on at 11 places in Delhi.
Bhanot is the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and VK Verma is the Director General of the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier, the CBI had registered two FIR in their bid to seek all the documents, which can lead to the OC’s exposure in dealing with payments made to different agencies involved in the 2010 Delhi Games.
Following intense scrutiny of the documents procured in several raids conducted earlier, the CBI is understood to have tapped the loopholes in the preparations of the Games. The result of that seizure of documents is the third FIR lodged today in the CWG scam.
Verma has already been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UK.
The raids come on a day when the CBI is all set to oppose the bail plea of two other aides of Kalmadi, TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohindroo, who are currently in custody.
With two of his close aides in custody and now his closest aides Bhanot and VK Verma facing raids, the big question now is – Will Kalmadi face the CBI heat next?
Kalmadi had on Monday claimed he had not committed any offence and was ready to answer all CBI questions.
“I welcome the investigations (into the financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games). I will give a statement in parliament and I have met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and she said whenever the house runs I can make the statement,” Kalmadi said.