Shunglu names Lt Governor, Delhi CM for CWG irregularities
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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 authority.

"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 project.


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

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