Kalmadi aide arrested in CWG overlays scam

New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) CBI today arrested DeorukhkarShekhar, a close aide of former Commonwealth Games OrganisingCommittee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, in Pune in connection withmulti-crore rupee overlays scam in the mega sporting eventheld last year.

The agency had registered a fresh case under varioussections of the law for award of contracts for overlays atdifferent venues for Commonwealth Games at exorbitant rates,a CBI spokesperson said here.

Personal Assistant of Kalmadi, Shekhar was producedbefore a court in Pune for transit remand. Nearly Rs 600 croreof contracts relating to the overlays project are under thescanner.

Overlays works included supply of tents, marquees,prefabricated units, portable toilets, containers, securityfences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes,material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS,air-conditioners, lighting, civil construction, athleticexercise equipment and grandstands.

The agency had conducted a number of searches in certainpremises across the country early in January in connectionwith the scam in the Games, including those of an officerunder Union Sports Ministry.

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

CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for allegedcorruption in the projects and events in the run up to thesporting extravaganza.

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

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