Sheila Dikshit mum on CWG charges

Last Updated: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 17:41

New Delhi: Severely rapped by the Comptroller and Auditor General for irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday evaded a direct reply to the charges saying her government will put its
view before Public Accounts Committee, if asked.

Pointing out that they were yet to receive a copy of the
743-page report by the CAG, Dikshit made a brief statement to
the media after presiding over an unscheduled Cabinet meeting
during which the ministers expressed their full support to her
on the issue.

"The CAG report has been placed before Parliament. We are
yet to get a copy of it. We are trying to get a copy of it.

"All I can assure you that when the CAG report goes to
the PAC, in accordance with the well-established practice,
whatever departments are asked to come before the PAC and
answer any query that the members of PAC may want to be
answered, we will cooperate with them completely and fully,"
the chief minister told reporters at the media briefing during
which all the ministers were present.

Sources said the Cabinet decided that the government
would reply to all the charges in due course. The Cabinet
also felt that there were no wrongdoings on the part of Delhi
government in executing the Games related projects.

The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament this
afternoon, has pointed out several irregularities in
various projects, including streetlighting and streetscaping,
undertaken by the government in the run up to the Commonwealth
Games in October last year.

Top government sources said Dikshit has not been indicted
by the CAG as the auditor has only pointed out certain
"procedural wrongdoings".


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First Published: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 17:41

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