Kalmadi aide under CVC scanner

Last Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 16:07

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission is probing a complaint related to alleged amassing of Rs 200
crore by a top Commonwealth Games official, believed to be a
close associate of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh
Kalmadi.

In reply to an RTI query, the CVC, which is
looking into 22 complaints of financial irregularities in
different Games-related projects, said that it is
investigating the complaint against V K Gautam, former Chief
Operating Officers (COO).

OC sources said Gautam, a 1987 batch IAS officer, quit
the Committee after complaints of financial bunglings came up
against him. The officer, who is considered close to the OC
chief, was not available for comments.

Asked about the other complaints against the OC office
bearers and officials, the CVC said "The issues are still
under investigation. Hence, responsibility has not been fixed
so far."

Out of the total projects, six were under the Sports
ministry, four handled by Delhi Development Authority, three
by OC, two each by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Central
Public Works Department and the Government of National Capital
territory of Delhi, it said.

One work each relating to Department of Commerce, Indian
Meteorological Department and New Delhi Municipal Council is
also being probed, the RTI reply said.

According to CVC officials, complaints relating to
discrepancies in tenders and alleged misappropriation in
construction and procurement works carried out by civic and
construction agencies were being probed.

The amount involved could be in the range of Rs
5,000-8,000 crore, they claimed.

CVC said the discrepancies like payment to non-existent
parties, wilful delay in execution of contracts, over-inflated
price and bunglings in purchase of equipment through tendering
have been noticed.

Complaints regarding alleged irregularities in purchase
of air conditioners, furniture and kitchen equipment for the
Games Village are also being looked into by the Commission, it
said.

The Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC had earlier
claimed financial and administrative irregularities in 16
construction and procurement projects.

Six of them were done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by
CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India
Enterprise, a CVC report said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 16:07

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