CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma sent to 14 days’ judicial custody

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NEW DELHI - A Delhi court Tuesday sent Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma, former high ranking officials of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee, to 14 days’ judicial custody in connection with financial lapses in a contract with a Swiss company.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Talwant Singh sent the OC’s former secretary general Bhanot and former director general Verma to judicial custody till March 15.

Both Bhanot and Verma were produced before the court after the expiry of their five day police custody to which they were remanded Feb 24. The CBI did not seek further police custody.

The CBI court allowed Bhanot and Verma to carry their spectacles and medical prescriptions as per the jail manual on the counsel’s request.

“Bhanot and Verma can carry spectacles and medical prescriptions to the jail. However, the medicines will be provided to them according to the jail manual,” the judge said.

The CBI Feb 23 arrested Verma and Bhanot, who was a key aide of erstwhile OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, for irregularities to the tune of Rs.1.07 billion ($23 million) in a contract with the Swiss company for time-keeping equipment for the Oct 3-14, 2010 mega event.

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