New Delhi: A CBI officer was on Tuesday asked by a Delhi court to appear before it to explain if any FIR has been registered on a complaint against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others alleging their involvement in large-scale corruption during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi issued notice to CBI SP Meenu Chodhary to appear before him on November 27, holding that the communication received from the CBI is silent on whether any FIR has been registered by it on the complaint made by RTI activist Vivek Garg.
"The communication does not indicate whether any FIR has been registered by the CBI in connection with the enquiry being undertaken...Issue notice in this regard for appearance of Meenu Chodhary for November 27," said ACMM in his order.
The matter pertains to a complaint filed by Garg through advocate Hari Om Gupta against Dikshit, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and former CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged corruption in various CWG projects.
The complaint had been made to the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Delhi Police and EOW had later told the court that it had forwarded the same to the CBI as it was already investigating various cases relating to the CWG.
On EOW`s submission, the court had asked it on September 26 to find out from the CBI the status of the complaint forwarded to it.
The CBI, in turn, had told the EoW that "the allegations inquired into revealed that several allegations with respect to various stadiums mentioned in the complaint have already been covered by the CBI in various cases registered earlier."
In its communication to the EOW, the CBI had said, "Matter related to the work of installation of CCTV at Thyagraj Stadium, Chhatrasal Stadium and Ludlow Castle Wrestling Stadium have not been looked into. Further details and documents called from concerned departments are awaited. Enquiry shall be finalised after receipt of these details and documents."
At this, the ACMM had observed that "the communication does not indicate whether any FIR has been registered by the CBI."
In his complaint, Garg had claimed that "Diskhit, Chauhan, Kalmadi and other top politicians, the officials of Delhi government and the Centre and their nexus of corrupt businessmen connived with each other to cause wrongful loss to the public exchequer and wrongful gain to themselves or persons whom they were interested in."
He said Dikshit and others are "guilty of offences of criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and that they be summoned, tried and punished accordingly".
The complainant said a total expenditure of Rs 1,000 crore was sanctioned for various works in Jawaharlal Lal Nehru Stadium Complex, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex, Major Dhyanchand national stadium, Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range as well as consultancy for various works but "the corrupt politicians, officials and businessmen/companies connived with the intention to illegally enrich themselves and spent Rs 2460 crore for which they were not even legally allowed".
The complaint had also relied upon the report of Central Vigilance Commission and that of Shunglu Committee set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to probe alleged irregularities in various CWG projects.