New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organizing committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on charges of criminal conspiracy, a spokeswoman said on Monday, following a probe into corruption during the October event.
The CBI said Kalmadi favoured a bid for a contract to supply services to the Games and thereby limited competition.
The CBI has raided homes and offices of CWG organizers and arrested other former Games officials in a probe into $21.7 million worth of misplaced funds.
The games, which cost $6 billion and was meant to showcase India’s emergence onto the global stage, was dogged by several cases of alleged corruption, including the purchase of equipment and issuing of contracts.
Kalmadi had earlier expressed his inability to appear before the CBI citing his foreign visit, saying he would return home only after 19 April. But even after returning from his visit abroad, he did not turn up before the agency saying he was still not in Delhi.
The CBI had gathered fresh leads after the trip of its two-member team to London in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring of AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire Limited during QBR held in 2009 at exorbitant rates, sources in the agency said.
The team has spoken to the London-based owner of both the companies -- Ashish Patel -- who has provided information and documents with regard to the allegedly overvalued deal, the sources said.
AM Car and Van Hire company in London was engaged during QBR in 2009 to provide services like taxis for the guests and OC members. The AM films was hired to provide display monitors during the event.
The CBI team during their visit to London had also questioned other companies which were in the fray for the contract.
The agency had sent a two-member team comprising additional director V. K. Gupta and DIG S. K. Palsania to London to probe the payments made to the two companies allegedly with Kalmadi’s tacit approval, they said.