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Kalmadi's arrested aide remanded to CBI custody

February 12, 2011 18:39 IST

Former Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi's close aide Shekhar Deorukhkar was on Saturday remanded by a court here to five days of CBI custody in a multi-crore rupee overlays scam in connection with last year's mega sporting event.

Shekhar, arrested by the probe agency from Pune on Friday, was produced at the residence of special CBI Judge O P Saini who remanded him to custody till February 17.

Deorukhkar is the fifth person to be arrested in the scam in which nearly Rs 600 crore worth contracts relating to the Games' overlays project are under the scanner of various agencies.

The arrest of the Congress MP's personal assistant came after the investigating agency had registered a fresh case in award of contracts for overlays at different venues for the Games at allegedly exorbitant rates.

CBI had earlier arrested three senior CWG officials TS Darbari, Sanjay Mohindroo and M Jayachandran. All the three were subsequently granted bail. Beenu Nanu, the head of two event management companies, was the fourth person to be picked up.

Overlays works included supply of tents, marquees, pre-fabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes, material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS, air-conditioners, lighting, civil construction, athletic exercise equipment and grandstands.

The agency had conducted a number of searches in certain premises across the country early in January in connection with the scam in the Games, including those of an officer under Union Sports Ministry.

The overlays contracts are also under the scanner of the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate.

CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for alleged corruption in the projects and events in the run up to the sporting extravaganza.

Two of these cases were in connection with alleged irregularities in the Queen's Baton Relay.

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