New Delhi: Sacked CWG Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, the prime accused in a games related corruption case, on Wednesday told a Delhi court that his job was to look after the "sports affairs" and not the "technical" matters.

Kalmadi and 10 others have been charged under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act for "illegally" awarding contract for installing Timing, Scoring and Results system for the 2010 games to Swiss Timing.

The CBI had alleged that the accused had decided to award the contract to Swiss Timing even before it had bid for it and it caused a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer.

Advancing the arguments on charges before Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, Kalmadi's counsel said the procurement of equipments for the games was to be done by government agencies and venue owners and the OC was not responsible for that.

Senior advocate H H Ponda, who appeared for Kalmadi, said the facts given in the CBI's charge sheet were contrary to the documents which the agency had filed in the court.

"Kalmadi's job was for sports affairs only and not for technical affairs," he said.

Ponda said for procurement of equipments, a committee was constituted and no illegality was committed in the award of contract.

"If I wanted to do something clandestine, I would not have formed a committee at all," he said adding that the committee consisted of members from different departments.

"These all (committee members) were totally different people who were in the committee. They were not my men.... If there was something wrong, any one of them could have raised an objection," he said.

Opposing the framing of charges, Ponda said Kalmadi did everything which was his responsibility as the OC chairman.

"Kalmadi was just doing his job which was assigned to him and this was his responsibility," he said, claiming that nothing wrong has been done by his client.

Ponda said if there was any illegality in the award of contract to Swiss Timings, then why the other eligible firm MSL Spain had not made any statement about it.

The arguments on charges would also continue on Wednesday.

The CBI had earlier told the court that Kalmadi and other co-accused had allegedly decided in advance to award the contract to Swiss Timings.

The agency had said that besides Kalmadi, other co-accused former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma and Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad were "pressurising" that contract should be given to Swiss Timing.

The prosecutor had said that co-accused P D Arya and A K Madan, the promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International, were visiting CWG OC since January 2009 for the contract and they used to convince officials that Swiss Timing was a "good company".

The prosecutor also argued that two bids were received for TSR contract from Swiss Timing and MSL Spain and the same were opened on November 4, 2009 but Kalmadi and Verma had on October 12, 2009 announced in a meeting that the contract would be awarded to Swiss Timing.

Besides Kalmadi, Bhanot Verma and Prasad, other accused in the case are OC Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal and Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.

Promoters of two construction companies - P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy and his firm AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.

Besides, the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega the swiss firm which was awarded the contract at exorbitant rates and AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.


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