Commonwealth Games (CWG) street lighting scam: Court frames charges against 7

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A Delhi court today framed charges against seven accused, including four MCD officials, for their alleged role in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) street lighting scam case...

A Delhi court today framed charges against seven accused, including four MCD officials, for their alleged role in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) street lighting scam case.

Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah framed charges against MCD Superintendent Engineer D.K. Sugan, Executive Engineer O.P. Mahla, Accountant Raju V and the civic body’s tender clerk Gurcharan Singh.

The court also framed charges against private firm Sweska Powertech Engineering Pvt Ltd, its Managing Director T P Singh and Director J P Singh, who were allegedly illegally favoured in the award of street lighting contract during the games in 2010.

The court framed charges against the accused after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

"Formal charges framed against the accused. They have pleaded not guilty and claimed trial," the judge said.

The court has fixed April 3 for recording of prosecution evidence in the case.

The court framed charges against the accused under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), under the IPC and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, had alleged that in view of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the MCD had decided to upgrade street lighting to international standards.

According to the charge sheet, tenders were invited by the civic agency in 2008 and five companies, including Sweska Powertech applied for it, while the MCD commissioner approved only three companies.