CWG scam: CBI conducts searches at OC officials'' premises

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New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) The CBI today conducted searchesat the premises of five officials of the Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee here in connection with the multi-croreoverlays scam.

The searches, spread across the National Capital Region,were conducted at the seven premises of R P Gupta, U K Ridhi,A K Saxena, Surjeet Lal and Nukesh Jain, who were officials inthe CWG Organising Committee, official sources said.

The teams of investigators searched for documentsrelated to overlays supply for the Games and relevantdocuments related to the conduct of the mega sporting event,they said.

The searches which started early in the morningcontinued till evening.

The CBI had earlier arrested Deorukhkar Shekhar, a closeaide of former OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi in connection withthe same case.

Nearly Rs 600 crore of contracts relating to theoverlays project are under the scanner of the probe agency.

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 in early January in connectionwith the scam in the Games, including those of an officerunder Union Sports Ministry.

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

The 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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