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All involved in CWG scam must be quizzed: Kalmadi

March 15, 2011 - New Delhi

Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who was quizzed by the CBI for second time today in connection with alleged financial irregularities related to the sporting event, said he wasn't solely responsible for the decisions taken in regard with the Games and that all involved must be quizzed.

Talking to reporters after emerging from CBI headquarters here, Kalmadi said he was quizzed on the contract handed out to AM Cars and AM Films during the Queen's Baton Relay in London held ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Kalmadi further said that he was satisfied with his clarifications given to the investigation agency.

The CBI first questioned Kalmadi on January 5.

On March 11, a five-member CBI team had conducted a search of his locker at the Parliament street branch of UCO Bank in New Delhi.

The CBI had visited branches of the ICICI and Saraswat banks in Karvenagar in December 2010, when officials raided Kalmadi"s homes and offices in Pune and Delhi. almadi, who has been in the eye of the storm ever since the conduct of the games, received a fresh blow on February 11, when the CBI arrested Shekhar Mukund Deorukhkar from Pune.

Deorukhkar has been accused of hiding facts about transactions and contract papers, which were eventually recovered during the raids conducted by the CBI.

Earlier on February 23, the CBI arrested Kalmadi' key aides Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma in connection with alleged irregularities related to the event.

Bhanot, the former Organizing Committee Secretary General was booked under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, along with the Switzerland-based firm Swiss Timing Ltd and other unknown persons.

The CBI is also probing alleged irregularities in the hiring of Swiss firm Event Knowledge Services (EKS) as CWG"s technical consultant.

The document is expected to help the CBI establish the alleged role of Kalmadi and Bhanot in connection with scams surrounding the 2010 sporting extravaganza.

The original tender document, which comprised several files, was missing for over three months, since the CBI began its investigation. It has now been recovered.


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