ED registers money laundering case against Kalmadi

The ED has registered the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Suresh Kalmadi as he had a role in all financial dealings of the OC, by virtue of being its chairman

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi in connection with financial dealings during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, reports PTI.

The Directorate, which had earlier charged the Member of Parliament (MP) from Pune for alleged violation of foreign exchange rules, has now moved the court to seek his custody and record his statement.

Mr Kalmadi, arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s premier investigating agency, last month on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the Timing, Scoring Result system (TSR) of the Commonwealth Games, is presently in judicial custody.

Sources said the ED has registered the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Mr Kalmadi as he had a role in all financial dealings of the OC, by virtue of being its chairman.

The findings of the CBI and the ED in the entire Games probe were also taken into account while pressing the money laundering charges, sources said.

The ED, after obtaining the court’s permission, will also question Mr Kalmadi in connection with the money laundering and foreign exchange cases that it has registered in the overlays and the Queens Baton Relay (QBR) scams.

The agency has also asked Mr Kalmadi to furnish details of his bank accounts, movable and immovable properties, instances of foreign travel before the Commonwealth Games held last year, and transactions of foreign exchange in the last few years.

Sources said Mr Kalmadi has asked for a few weeks’ time to furnish these details to the ED.

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