Commonwealth Games: Five sentenced for four years in scam lighting case

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Corruptville Emaar-MGF had started work on 28 illegal flats inside the Commonwealth Games Village
The Commonwealth Games Village

Five persons, including four Municipal Corporation of Delhi officials, were sentenced to a four-year jail term in street lighting scam of 2010 Commonwealth Games by a local court. In the case, the managing director of a private firm was awarded a six-year jail term.

The street lighting scam is one of the 10 corruption cases in the run up to the the October 2010 mega sports event.

Special CBI Judge Brijesh Garg on 31 August heard the CBI prosecutor’s arguments and also the defence counsel on the quantum of sentence to be awarded.

During the arguments, CBI prosecutor Praneet Sharma said the convicts had caused a loss of more than Rs 1.42 crore to the MCD and in this regard, maximum punishment of seven years should be awarded to them.

The court holding the accused gulity said the testimonies of CBI witnesses proved the case beyond doubt, establishing “all the accused persons had connived together committed various illegal acts”.

The CBI said in the chargesheet that tenders were invited by the civic agency in 2008 and various companies, including M/s Sweska Powertech Engineers Pvt Ltd applied for it, while the MCD commissioner only approved four companies.

As per the chargesheet, after opening of the tender and announcing the rates by accused Sugan, certain cuttings in the tender papers of Sweska Engineers Ltd were made and amount quoted by it was increased, leading to a loss of Rs 1.43 crore to the state exchequer.

The court had earlier termed Sugan as the “kingpin” and said the tenders were opened in his office on May 14, 2008, and that he had allowed fudging of the private firm’s tender papers.

It, however, discharged Philips India officer Mehul Karnik, as it noted that the company initially participated in the tender process, but ultimately did not submit the tender.

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