CBI seeks to file more papers halfway through CWG case, fined Rs 10,000

Upset over an application by the CBI to file additional documents in a corruption case related to the Commonwealth Games, the special CBI court slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the agency. The CBI wanted to add documents after 45 of the 86 prosecution witnesses and over 2,600 pages of documents had been examined.

Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur directed the agency to deposit Rs 10,000 with the Prime Minister's Relief Fund within 15 days, observing that its conduct in filing the additional documents at this stage was "not being appreciated".

The CBI had filed an application seeking permission to place on record two additional documents regarding payments made by the CWG organising committee (OC) to M/s ITDC/ARMS and Time Line Production for video coverage during Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly held in Delhi from October 4 to 14, 2009.

Three witnesses Sujit Panigrahi, VK Gautam and Rahul Bhatnagar had testified that the OC's then director general V K Verma ha announced in a meeting in October 2009 that the contract for timing, scoring and results (TSR) systems would be given to co-accused company Swiss Timing Omega.

"In the interest of justice, the application of the prosecution is allowed but subject to exemplary cost of Rs 10,000 as the conduct of the prosecution in approaching the court at this belated stage for filing additional documents is not being appreciated..." the court said.

"Rather it leads to the inference that the prosecution is taking the court for granted that it can be approached as and when desired by the prosecution at its own convenience," Kaur said further.

The court had framed charges against former CWG OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, and eight others for offences punishable under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer in February this year.

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