New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi and nine others were on Monday put on trial in a Commonwealth Games (CWG)-related corruption case by a Delhi court which invoked charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences against them entailing life imprisonment as maximum punishment.
The court framed charges against Kalmadi, who was sacked as CWG organising committee(OC) chairman, and the other accused, also including OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot, for the offences punishable under the Indian penal code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly causing a loss of over Rs90 crore to the exchequer.
Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur fixed 20 February for commencement of recording of evidence in the case and asked CBI to submit on 7 February the list of prosecution witnesses who are to be called for recording of their statements.
All the accused have been charged under various sections of the IPC, including section 467 (forgery of a valuable security), which entails life term as maximum punishment.
“The charges have been framed. Trial to commence on a day-to-day basis barring Monday and Friday from 20 February,” the court said.
The court framed substantive charge under section 13 (2) read with section 13 (1) (d) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Kalmadi. Kalmadi will also face trial for offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 420 (cheating), 467, 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Besides these, Kalmadi and other accused have also been charged for offences under sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life) of the IPC.
After framing of charges, all the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the case. The accused were chargesheeted by the CBI for “illegally” awarding a contract to install timing, scoring and results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs90 crore to the exchequer.