CWG scam: CBI may soon file chargesheet in QBR case


CBI will soon file a chargesheet the Queen's Baton relay case related to the Commonwealth Games scam as a key London-based suspect has recorded his statement before the British authorities.

CBI was waiting for the crucial statement of London-based Ashis Patel, owner of firms -- AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire -- which were given contracts during the relay at exorbitant rates, to file the chargesheet in the case.

The agency is likely to get his statement through diplomatic channels this week, CBI sources said.

The CBI has filed cases against Patel and three former officials of the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games T S Darbari, Sanjay Mahendroo and M Jaychandran for alleged forgery and cheating in connection with the award of contracts to Patel's firms at exorbitant rates during the event held in London in 2009.

The case relates to alleged fudging of transport payments for the Queen's Baton Relay in London as part of Commonwealth Games ceremonies.

CBI has registered two cases against OC officials and Patel on November 15, 2010, but it could not file chargesheet as it was waiting for a response to its Letters Rogatory from the UK.

"It is alleged that in relation to the QBR held on October 29, 2009, the OC awarded the work of transportation to the AM Cars and Van Hire Ltd at exorbitantly high rates

without following the standard tender process," the CBI FIR had stated.

While AM Films was awarded work of installing three video screens near the Buckingham Palace, AM Cars had bagged contract for providing logistics.

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