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CWG scam: CBI arrests Kalmadi aide

first_imgThe CBI on Tuesday arrested Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official KUK Reddy and equipment supplier Praveen Bakshi, two days after raids in connection with the awarding of Rs 630 crore worth of overlays contracts.Suresh KalmadiAgency sources also did not rule out the possibility of the arrest of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi , who has been claiming that he has nothing to hide as far as managing games was concerned.The CBI had recently arrested Shekhar Deorukhkar, OSD to Kalmadi , in the overlays scam.Group Captain Reddy, who came on deputation from the Indian Air Force, was working as additional director general (finance and accounts). Reddy was the key person as far as payments made to the suppliers was concerned.The OC had awarded overlays contracts which included furnishings, treadmills, air conditioning, generators, sports equipment, tents, LED boards and civil construction.The arrest follows the searches the CBI had carried out at the premises of CWG officials Reddy, R. P. Gupta, U. K. Ridhi, A. K. Saxena, Surjeet Lal and Nukesh Jain. Two Delhi-based suppliers Bakshi and Sandeep Wadhwa’s premises were also raided.The Enforcement Directorate and income-tax sleuths are probing the overlays scam. The CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for alleged irregularities in the awarding of contracts. Two cases were related to irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UK. In January also, the agency had conducted searches at the premises of equipment suppliers, including those of an officer in the sports division of the ministry of sports.Earlier, the CBI had questioned OC joint director-general R. K. Sacheti for his alleged involvement in the mega sporting event scam. In December last year, the CBI had interrogated Sacheti along with former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot and Kalmadi’s advisor-cum-political secretary Manoj Bhore in connection with the Rs 107 crore Games scoring system contract.Sacheti’s residence was searched by the CBI after it registered an FIR in November 2010 naming director general V. K. Verma and Lalit Bhanot in the Games scoring system contract.advertisementlast_img read more

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