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CWG fraud: Kalmadi to face trial for 'misusing office and cheating'

Besides cheating and conspiracy, Kalmadi and gang will also be charged with the offences of forgery under the IPC and criminal misconduct by public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act

New Delhi: Sacked chief of Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi will face trial for allegedly abusing his office and causing loss of over Rs90 crore to exchequer in a games-related graft case before a Delhi court which ordered today framing of cheating and conspiracy charges against him, reports PTI.

Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh fixed 10th January for framing of charges against Kalmadi and nine others.

Besides cheating and conspiracy, they will also be charged with the offences of forgery under the Indian Penal Code and criminal misconduct by public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

"Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), read with 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the accused," the court said.

The judge, however, said since accused Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega, which was allegedly awarded the contract at exorbitant rates, is not appearing in the court despite proper service of summons, its "trial is separated."

"Investigating Officer is directed to file a copy of charge sheet separately against accused number 11 (Swiss Timing Omega)," the court said.

The accused have been charge sheeted by the CBI for "illegally" awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at an inflated rates causing a loss of over Rs90 crore to the public exchequer.

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

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HC asks Maharashtra to fill up vacancies in consumer redressal forums

Out of 40 consumer district forums across Maharashtra, 19 are dysfunctional due to vacant posts of presidents and members, the Mumbai Grahak Panchayat said in its PIL

Mumbai: Irked with the lackadaisical attitude of Maharashtra government regarding vacancies in consumer redressal forums across the state, the Bombay High Court on Friday directed it to complete the selection process of candidates for the vacant posts by 31 January 2013, reports PTI.

 

A division bench of acting Chief Justice DD Sinha and Justice KK Tated was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Mumbai Grahak Panchayat which stated that out of 40 consumer district forums across Maharashtra, 19 are dysfunctional due to vacant posts of presidents and members.

 

The bench, which has been directing the government since May this year to fill up these vacancies, was irked with the State Consumer Redressal Commission registrar's affidavit seeking extension of time to fill up vacancies.

 

According to the affidavit, out of 40 posts for presidents of district forums across the state, 34 are lying vacant and the total number of vacancies in the posts for non- judicial members is 55.

 

The affidavit stated that interviews have already been held for filling up of the posts of presidents.

 

The bench then directed the government to complete the selection process of vacant posts by 31 January 2013 and issue appointment orders within three weeks thereafter.

 

The court also said that henceforth, when a person retires, the state government should issue advertisements to fill up the post three months in advance.

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