Delhi Govt rejects Shunglu charges point-by-point

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 19:40

New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Wednesday in its
final report rejected all allegations made by the Shunglu
Committee of bunglings in the Commonwealth Games projects.



Directed by the Home Ministry to make its submission
within stipulated time on the allegations by the Shunglu
committee, Delhi Cabinet today approved its final response,
rejecting point-by-point the charges of the PM-appointed
panel.
The over 1,000 page report, prepared by a three-member
committee of top officials, gives paragraph-wise response of
the observation made by the Shunglu panel while trashing all
its findings, arguing that they were based on "presumptions"
and "assumptions".



"The Cabinet has approved the report prepared by the
three-member committee. We are giving paragraph-wise response
to the Shunglu Committee`s findings. It will be sent to the
Home Ministry in the next two-three days," Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit said after the Cabinet meeting.



The Home Ministry late last month had sent the report of
the Shunglu Committee to Delhi Government, asking it to file a
detailed response to the findings within a month.



Asked about allegations made against her by the panel,
she refused to give a direct reply but said, "It is a reply by
the government and I belong to government."



Officials said the Government has rejected the whole
report as it is based on "presumptions" and "assumptions"
without verification of the facts.
Dikshit said the response from MCD and NDMC against whom
the Shunglu panel had also levelled allegations will be sent
along with the government`s response to the Home Ministry.



"We have received responses from MCD and NDMC and we will
forward their responses also along with ours," Dikshit said.



Besides holding various agencies, including the PWD,
responsible for irregularities, the Shunglu Committee had
blamed Dikshit for alleged bungling in various Games projects.



The city government, which already rejected the findings
of the panel as a "product of paranoia", had sent a brief
report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, trashing
the report.



In the brief report, the government 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.



Although the brief report was more of a rhetoric, the
final report contains all details about the CWG projects
including reasons for cost escalations, delays and other
issues raised by the Shunglu panel, sources said.



The Shunglu Committee has submitted six reports on
broadcasting, Games Village, city infrastructure, Games
venues, Organising Committee and Main Report -- Organisation
and Conduct of CWG 2010.



The report on city infrastructure was referred to the
Home Ministry by the PMO for appropriate action on the queries
raised by the Shunglu panel in works done by the city
government-controlled departments.



The administration of Delhi, being an Union Territory,
comes under the control of the Home Ministry.



PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 19:40

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