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Shunglu names Lt Governor, Delhi CM for CWG irregularities

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:23

New Delhi: The Prime Minister-appointed
Shunglu Committee has found procedural violations by Delhi Lt
Governor Tejinder Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for
alleged inadequacies in executing projects related to 2010
Commonwealth Games.

The Committee, appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to probe charges of corruption in various projects
related to the sporting extravaganza, has submitted two
reports on alleged irregularities in executing contracts
related to construction of the Games Village and city
infrastructure projects.

It has named senior officials including K K Sharma,
Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, R Subramanian,
then Engineer-in-Chief, PWD, Parimal Rai, Chairman, New Delhi
Municipal Council, Ashok Kumar, Vice Chairman of Delhi
Development Authority, Nand Lal, Member (Finance) and A K
Bajaj, then Member (Engineering) of DDA, M Jayachandran,
then Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development for alleged high
valuation and delays in Games projects.

The high-level committee has estimated Rs 900 crore as
"cost of delay" by certain government departments in
implementing City Infrastructure related projects and Rs 300
crore loss to DDA in construction of residential facilities at
the Village.

The Committee questioned the procedure and found fault
in choosing real estate developer Emmar MGF to construct over
1,100 residential flats inside the Games Village and asked
government to recommend action against public servants
concerned for "dolling out largesse to the Project Developer
(Emaar MGF)".

"Government of India/DDA may take appropriate action
against Emaar MGF, Project Developer, for knowingly supplying
incorrect information and for its various acts of omission and
commission," the report submitted by the Committee to the
Prime Minister`s Office said.

It asked the Government to examine the governance
structure of DDA including the continuance of the Lt Governor
as the ex-officio Chairman of DDA and evolve measures to
strengthen the `accountability systems` in the development

"A more detailed enquiry by investigating agencies
(including Income Tax) may throw greater light on deliberate
acts of omission and commission of different parties
involved," the panel said in the report asking government to
conduct thorough probe in the Games Village construction


First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:23

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