CVC to examine Delhi govt role in CWG medical scam

Suspecting large scale bungling in the award of contracts for purchase of medical equipments for the Commonwealth Games, CVC has initiated a probe to examine the role of Delhi government officials and others involved in the deals.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 18:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Suspecting large scale bungling in the award of contracts for purchase of medical equipments for the Commonwealth Games, CVC has initiated a probe to examine the role of Delhi government officials and others involved in the deals.

The Central Vigilance Commission has found sufficient
documentary evidence on alleged collusion by certain Delhi
government officials in executing a number of contracts for
buying such items for a direct enquiry, sources claimed.

The Delhi government had floated tenders to buy items
like stretchers, ultrasound therapy machines, wheelchairs,
trolley beds and Shortwave Diathermy machines (used to cure
muscle and tissue injuries) among others for the mega sporting
event from contractors at allegedly inflated rates.

The enquiry being undertaken by Chief Technical
Examination Wing of the Commission will look into tender
documents, payment bills, inventory records and papers related
to eligibility criteria of the vendors chosen to supply the
equipments.

"Our officials have found many discrepancies in the award
of the contracts and felt that the Commission must conduct a
direct probe to assess the wrongdoings in the run up to the
sporting event held here in October last year," a CVC official
said.

The probity watchdog initiates Direct Enquiry in cases
where it suspects huge financial and procedural lapses and
wants "no interference and influence" from insiders. CVC has
conducted direct enquiries in 2G spectrum allocation case
among others.

The procedure and documents involved in purchases of all
medical equipments by Delhi government will be scrutinised by
the Commission, the sources said.

The CVC is likely to finalise its report within three
months, they said.

The Commission is already probing alleged discrepancies
in the purchase of air conditioners, furniture and kitchen
equipment for Commonwealth Games Village by Delhi Development
Authority (DDA).

The CVC is probing close to 30 projects being executed by
different government agencies for alleged financial and
administrative discrepancies.

Besides the Shunglu Committee appointed by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax
officials are also enquiring into several Games related
projects for alleged violation of norms and financial
irregularities.

PTI