Revealed:How Kalmadi's wish for Shilpa Shetty paved CWG scam

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Shilpa Shetty and Kalmadi
New Delhi, Feb 5: Controversies over Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 scam is getting murkier day by day. Now, it has been revealed how the prime accused Suresh Kalmadi's "last moment wish" for Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty had paved the way for the scam.

A Delhi court on Monday, Feb 4 said that Kalmadi had asked another two accused to make a payment of Rs Rs 71.73 lakh which was given to the actress for her performance. Shilpa Shetty had performed in the closing ceremony of 2008 CWG Youth Games which was held in Pune.

The court said that promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International, PD Arya and AK Madan, had paid Rs 71.73 lakh to M/s Wizraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd for Shetty's performance.

According to court sources, Arya and Madan, who were representing Swiss Timing, which was "illegally" awarded the contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG at inflated rates, had paid the money which was "arranged beyond the scope of work".

Sources said the court, in its order, has noted that both the accused were associated with the CWG Youth Games 2008 and had paid Rs 71,73,950 at Kalmadi's instance through cheque on Oct 30, 2008 to Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd for Shetty's performance.

The court put sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Kalmadi and others on trial for the offences under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Besides Kalmadi, Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur also framed charges against OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Arya, Madan and others for criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and other offences entailing life imprisonment as maximum punishment.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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