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CWG scam: Kalmadi to be questioned by CBI today

April 25, 2011 - New Delhi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will today question former head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, for the fourth time in connection with irregularities in the contract for the Queen's Baton Relay.

On April 20, Kalmadi had skipped an interrogation session with the CBI citing medical reasons and appointments related to his constituency in Maharashtra.

Sources say that the CBI has got leads from a Hyderabad-based company AKR constructions which is being suspected of being a frontal company for Kalmadi.

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.

Kalmadi, 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.

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


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