Can`t punish on Shunglu report, probe findings first: Delhi govt

The Prime Minister`s Office earlier this month had referred the Shunglu Committee findings on alleged irregularities by certain Delhi government departments to the Home Ministry for further action.

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 16:10 PM IST

New Delhi: With PMO asking Home Ministry to take follow up action on Shunglu report on CWG projects, Delhi Government now wants a "thorough" probe by "competent" central agencies into alleged irregularities pointed out by the
PM-appointed panel before any punitive step is taken.

"We will seek specific inquiry into specific allegations by competent agencies. We cannot punish anybody based on findings of the Shunglu committee," a top official of the Delhi Government, which had slammed the report as a "product
of paranoia", told a news agency.

The Prime Minister`s Office earlier this month had referred the Shunglu Committee findings on alleged irregularities by certain Delhi government departments to the
Home Ministry for further action.

"The Chief Technical Examination Wings of the Central
Vigilance Commission may be asked to investigate the technical
irregularities while Chief Vigilance Officer of CPWD may be
asked to probe other allegations," said the official.

The city government has already asked officials whose
names figure in the Shunglu Committee report to submit their
response in writing to the government as soon as possible.

Besides holding various agencies responsible for
"irregularities", the probe panel has also found procedural
violations by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna and
Dikshit for alleged inadequacies in executing certain CWG
projects.

"There cannot be short-cut in investigation process. Due
procedures must be followed. Maximum care must be taken to
ensure that no innocent official is punished," said the
official.

The Home Ministry is likely to seek reply from Khanna
and Dikshit and other agencies concerned, held responsible by
Shunglu panel for lack of oversight and decisions that led to
cost escalaion.

The administration of Delhi comes under the control of
Home Ministry.

The city government had rejected the Shunglu committee
report, terming it as a "product of paranoia" which is "full
of contradictions" and "anomalies".

In its brief report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in
response to the findings of the Shunglu Committee, the city
government last month had rejected almost all the findings of
the panel and instead accused it of deliberately choosing to
adopt a logic of "convenience" in finding corruption in every
policy and every tender of the government.

The government is now preparing a detailed report in
response to the Shunglu committee findings.

The BJP has been demanding resignation of Dikshit in the
wake of the report by the high powered committee.

PTI