Former CWG Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi deliberately manipulated the bid process, forged documents and threatened dissenters while awarding lucrative contracts for the Games, the CBI chargesheet says.The agency claims the actions of Kalmadi and the others in awarding the contract for the timing scoring and result (TSR) system to the Swiss firm led to a loss of more than Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.According to the CBI, Swiss Timing’s association with Kalmadi dates back to as early as 2008 when the European company was picked to provide TSR services in the Commonwealth Youth Games that year.The CBI claims Gem International – Swiss Timing’s Indian representative – obliged Kalmadi by going “out-of-way” to make payments to a sub-contractor without a bidding process or official records.The chargesheet also claims Kalmadi as well as former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot and former director general V. K. Verma were in regular touch with the partners of Gem International . To substantiate its claims, the agency has produced records showing calls between Kalmadi and Gem International’s A. K. Madan and P. D. Arya in February 2009.The agency has claimed that much before the bid was announced, the OC officials arranged visits of Swiss Timing and Gem executives to various stadia covering each of the Games’ events in July-August 2007.”The objective of these meetings was to enable Swiss Timing to highlight their requirements at each venue,” the CBI said.Kalmadi and his team also set up an arbitrary committee to shortlist companies for “sports surface and sports equipment” . According to the CBI, no member on the committee – picked by Kalmadi and Bhanot – was a technology expert. The meetings of the committee, moreover, were conducted in secret.advertisementThe committee was chaired by Bhanot, who proposed Swiss Timing as their choice for the TSR systems. A ‘unanimous’ resolution was passed by the committee without any discussions on the proposal.In December 2008, when the government raised the issue of awarding the TSR contract to Swiss Timing, Kalmadi informed the authorities that the “expert” committee had consulted with international federations.Bhanot, Verma and accused former deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal then put together “vague, incorrect” criteria that would only permit Swiss Timing to be the TSR vendor.”This was clandestinely done without the involvement or knowledge of the OC’s technology functional area (FA),” the CBI said.The expression of interest (EOI) later published with these vague guidelines specifically mentions that “only Swiss Timing meets the above all criteria”. The chargesheet claims this was fraudulent, since there were other suppliers who could qualify underthe conditions. It also points out that no technology experts were at any point involved in the drafting of the EOI. “There was no in-house exercise done anywhere in the OC to arrive at this false and fraudulent statement,” the CBI said.The OC’s technology FA only got to know of the criteria through newspapers, prompting dissent from V. K. Gautam and others.