Judicial custody of Kalmadi, other CWG scam accused extended


New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Thursday extended the judicial custody of six accused in the Commonwealth Games scam, including Organising Committee former chairman Suresh Kalmadi, till July 21.

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The others are former secretary general Lalit Bhanot, former director general V.K. Verma, former deputy director general (procurement) Surjeet Lal, former joint director general (sports) A.S.V. Prasad and former OC treasurer M. Jayachandran

The six were presented before Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh after their judicial custody expired July 14.

Meanwhile, all the accused serving judicial custody in Tihar jail applied an application seeking a separate jail van for coming to the courts on each hearing, expressing their apprehension that other undertrials may attack them.

The court accepted the application and directed the jail superintendent to look into the matter.

“The concerned jail superintendents are directed to explore the possibility of transporting the accused. Any decision taken in this regard should be communicated before the next date of hearing July 21,” the court said.

Besides, two promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International – Anil Madan and P.D. Arya – and A.K. Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions, submitted an undertaking before the court stating that they will surrender within 7-10 days if the high court rejects their anticipatory bail.

“The accused shall appear before this court within 7-10 days if no relief is granted by the honorable court of Delhi on their petitions,” the undertaking said.

In addition, Bhanot too filed an application seeking permission to issue cheques and file income tax returns.

The court allowed the application and directed the jail superintendent concerned to allow Bhanot sign and issue cheques related to filing of his income tax returns, but asked authorities to send a record of the documents in the court.

“Allow Bhanot to sign and issue cheques and to sign all documents related to tax returns, salary withdrawal documents and all other government documents as required but copies of all the said documents/cheques/returns be sent to this court for record purposes,” the court said.

Reacting to the summons issued to firm Swiss Timing, named as a co-accused, the company filed an application stating that the summons were not properly served. The court asked the CBI to file a reply to the application and posted the matter for July 21.

Other miscellaneous applications were also filed by Kalmadi and Jeychandran seeking permission for home cooked food, medical examination, access to computers and books in jail, soft mattresses and a watch.

The court accepted the applications and directed the jail superintendent to decide.

The CBI May 20 filed its first charge sheet in the case against Kalmadi and 10 others, describing him as a prime accused and the mastermind in the corruption case related to financial irregularities in awarding a Rs.141 crore contract for timing, scoring and result (TSR) system for the October 2010 event.