Former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Suresh Kalmadi on Monday joined the Vigilance inquiry into the 2011 National Games in Ranchi, with the principal investigator saying it was too early to rule him out as an accused.
Kalmadi was asked to be present after two arrested accused in the scam told interrogators that they were merely procuring equipment that was recommended by the IOA.
Kalmadi’s interrogation could mean the investigators are the doorstep of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Organising Committee as well, as multiple vendors associated with the 2010 event were allegedly awarded questionable deals by the committee.
“I am merely a witness in the case, not an accused,” Kalmadi told journalists outside the Vigilance office in Ranchi after spending two hours answering a questionnaire.
“We will ask him to come back if needed. He will be made an accused if evidence turns up against him,” said Assistant Superintendent of Police Anand Joseph Tigga.
The first arrests into the 34th edition of the games were made on October 14 this year, with Vigilance officials arresting former Sports Department Director P C Mishra and Organising Committee Secretary S M Hashmi.