New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday quizzed Suresh Kalmadi, the former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, on the alleged financial irregularities in the preparations for last year's mega event.

A CBI official late on Tuesday afternoon said, “He arrived at our headquarters at 10.15 a.m. and is being questioned.”

According to sources, Kalmadi is being questioned on the alleged irregularities in a Rs.1.07 billion ($37 million) contract with a Swiss company for time-keeping equipment for the Oct 3-14, 2010 event.

This is the second time that Kalmadi is being questioned by the premier investigative agency after Jan 5.

On Dec 24, 2010, Kalmadi's residential premises in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune had been raided by the CBI. The agency also searched the premises of Kalmadi's personal secretary Manoj Bhure.
 
On March 1, the CBI had searched the bank lockers of Kalmadi that had been sealed last month.

Kalmadi's two close aides - Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma - were sent to 14 days' judicial custody March 1 in connection with financial lapses in the same contract. This was extended Tuesday till March 29. The CBI had arrested the duo on February 23.

Three other former members of the CWG organising committee - TS Darbari, Sanjay Mohindroo and M Jayachandran - were arrested by the CBI late last year for alleged irregularities in the run-up to the Games. They were granted bail earlier this year.

Bail to a firm official

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Binu Nanu, an official of a private firm who was in jail for his involvement in the controversy over granting Rs 600 crore overlays contract for the Games.

Justice Ajit Bharihoke allowed the bail application of Nanu on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 along with two sureties of like amount. He was arrested January 18.

'Binu Nanu is granted bail as he has completed 57 days in judicial custody,' the judge said.

The court asked Nanu to surrender his passport to the trial court and to join the probe whenever the CBI called him. It also told him not to try and tamper with evidence.

The CBI officials said they did not require Nanu's custody anymore because they had already investigated into the matter and questioned his employees, said Justice Bharihoke.

The court said he was released on bail because CBI officials submitted that they were not filing a charge sheet against him within the stipulated 60 days from the date of his arrest.

Nanu, the director of event management company GL Events-Meroform, said in the bail plea that he was remanded to judicial custody by a lower court on the conclusion of his four-day custodial interrogation by the CBI.

The CBI Jan 12 searched the offices and residences of Nanu and many others after it registered a case in the alleged overlays scam. “Nanu's wife Roopana is also one of his associates in the business,” the agency said.

The overlays contracts are also under the scanner of the Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate.

The overlays included supply of tents, pre-fabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes, material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, air-conditioners, lighting, civil construction and exercise equipment. IANS

JPN/Agencies