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Ready to face scrutiny over CWG funds: Kalmadi

Suresh Kalmadi remained defiant on charges of corruption in CWG 2010 and said that he is open for scrutiny from all angles.



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In the line of fire IOA chief, Suresh Kalmadi, remained defiant of the charges of corruption in the Commonwealth Games 2010 and said that he is open for scrutiny from all angles.

"I, as Chairman of the Organising Committee, am prepared to face any scrutiny by (Comptroller and Auditor General) CAG or even a judicial probe for all financial transactions being reported by the media. All the people found guilty will be punished and brought to book," Kalmadi said in a statement.

The corruption allegations mounting against officials and agencies
involved in the Delhi Commonwealth Games have forced the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) to launch a detailed audit into complete finances of the 2010 Games.

CAG will seek details of all expenditures from every agency that has a stake in the CWG 2010 following Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) corruption charges against the organisers of the Games.
The audit will include the spending by nine foreign agencies and 39 Indian agencies for the mega event due in October this year.

“CAG has started the audit work for CWG-related work payments, contracts and leasing of sports equipment among others,” Rekha Gupta, Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General said on Tuesday.

The audit report would, however, be submitted only by March 2011, well after the completion of the Games, scheduled between October 3-14 this year.
Kalmadi also added, "I have taken a serious note of these reports and
appointed a three member committee headed by Mr Jarnail
Singh, the Chief Executive Officer and two members, Mr GC Chaturvedi, Special Director General and Ms. Gurjot Kaur Chief Vigilance Officer of Organising Committee to look into all the
details of QBR Launch Function, Overlays and SMAM issues. The
Committee has been asked to submit its report by August 5,
2010."

The Indian Olympic Association chief was left red-faced yesterday when the Ministry of External Affairs said that the e-mails from the Indian High Commission that he made public to justify huge payments to a UK-based firm were `doctored`.

His back against the wall, Kalmadi has been isolated in
the OC as well with some his own colleagues demanding an
emergency meeting to discuss allegations of corruption, which
have also been highlighted in a Central Vigilance Commission
report.

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