Delhi High Court rejects Swiss Firm plea for restricting coercive action against it

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Delhi High Court today dismissed a Swiss firm's petition seeking restriction on possible coercive action against it for not appearing in a trial court in connection with a corruption case linked to the Commonwealth Games scam...

Delhi High Court today dismissed a Swiss firm's petition seeking restriction on possible coercive action against it for not appearing in a trial court in connection with a corruption case linked to the Commonwealth Games scam.

Justice Mukta Gupta dismissed the petition of the Swiss Timing company, who said summons could not be issued against them.

The Switzerland-based company had sought a stay on possible coercive measures against it by the trial court in the event of their non-appearance before the Indian Court.

Swiss Timing approached the High Court seeking a stay on the action on them as it had not been served any summons as per the law dealing with offshore companies.

Swiss Timing is accused of allegedly getting into a contract in the Commonwealth Games with an increased price and causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the Indian exchequer.

The Swiss Timing said they had not received any formal summons as yet, so the prosecuting agency and the Indian courts should be restrained from taking any cohesive steps against it to procure its presence.

The company said CBI did not send the translated version of documents, along with the summons, to Swiss Timing which is violative of the international law.

The CBI, however, opposed the plea of Swiss Timing and had said it had served summons to Swiss Timing in the manner prescribed under the treaty between the two countries but the firm, being under the jurisdiction of Switzerland, it would take time in bringing it to the jurisdiction of the Indian court.

Sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and other co-accused are charged with illegally granting the contract to Swiss Timing, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the state exchequer.

Besides the Swiss firm and Kalmadi, the other accused are CWG Organising Committee's director general V K Verma, secretary general Lalit Bhanot, Director General (procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (sports) A S V Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran.

Others accused are Anil Madan and P D Arya of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy and his firm A K R Constructions.