ED quizzes top Games official for nine hours

October 27th, 2010 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday quizzed V.K. Verma, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee director general, for over nine hours in connection with the alleged financial irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in London in 2009.

Coming out of the ED’s zonal office here, Verma told reporters: “I had a very general, very comprehensive discussion on all about the organising committee.”

According to Verma, there was no discussion on AM Films, an Indian-owned firm in London the Organising Committee (OC) is alleged to have paid over 450,000 pounds (over Rs.30 million) for services during last year’s Queen’s Baton Relay inaugural without proper tendering and paperwork.

“We have not discussed any specific subjectÂ… No contract was discussed. I came here as a witness to give my statement and during that period I gave the entire picture as to what the OC has done, when it was formedÂ…,” Verma told reporters.

ED officials, however, were unavailable for comment.

Two aides of OC chief Suresh Kalmadi were suspended after an enquiry found that an e-mail from the Indian High Commission in London, on the basis of which AM Films was hired, was tampered with.

The ED has, meanwhile, registered a case under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in this regard.

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