Thursday, May 2, 2013

CWG Scam: ED quizzes Kalmadi on Rs 71 lakh paid to Shilpa

Congress MP and former CWG chairman Suresh Kalmadi was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate last Wednesday over payment of Rs 71.73 lakh to actress Shilpa Shetty in 2008 during the CWG Youth Games in Pune.

Shilpa Shetty reportedly performed during the closing ceremony of CWG Youth Games in Pune for which the money was allegedly paid by a private firm. According to ED, the payment of Rs 71.73 lakh were made by Gem International.

The firm and its owners P D Arya and A K Madan were chargesheeted by the CBI in May 2011, along with Kalmadi, in connection with Timing Scoring Result contract to Swiss Timings firm Omega. The ED suspects the money paid by Gem was given as an favour to Kalmadi.

The owners of Gem International could not be contacted. Shilpa Shetty, too, did not respond to the The Indian Express query. When contacted, Kalmadi said that he was summoned by ED. However sources close to him said, "The payments to the actress were made by Organising Committee."
Rahul Tripathi : New Delhi, Mon Apr 22 2013, 09:10 hrs

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