Activists demand FIRs against CWG accused

Concerned over large-scale irregularities in various Commonwealth Games-related projects, social activists across the country have demanded registration of FIRs against all those named by the Shunglu Committee.

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 14:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over large-scale
irregularities in various Commonwealth Games-related projects,
social activists across the country have demanded registration
of FIRs against all those named by the Shunglu Committee.

They stressed for stringent punishment and suspension of
accused government officials for their alleged involvement in
corrupt practises while executing several projects during the
Games.

"There have been serious irregularities pointed out by
the Shunglu Committee against government officials and
contractors. We demands registration of FIR against those
named in the report for their involvement in corruption," said
Magsaysay awardee Arvind Kejriwal.

He said there is a need to take strict measures to check
corruption rampant in government offices and in society.

The Prime Minister appointed high-level committee under
the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General VK
Shunglu has indicted several central and Delhi government
officials for their alleged involvement in corrupt practises
and irregularities that caused at least over Rs 1,500 crore
loss to the exchequer.

"There must be strict action against all accused. Police
should file an FIR to expose acts of criminal conspiracy and
collusion among government officials and private parties,"
said Prashant Bhushan, an eminent lawyer.

"Government must consider implementation of Jan Lok Pal
Bill prepared by a group of activists to weed out corruption
from the country," he said.

The committee has faulted sacked chief of Games
Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary General
Lalit Bhanot among others senior government officials for
their alleged involvement in different acts of omission and
commission that led to cost escalation in several Games
projects.

"It is really disheartening to note how public money has
been looted by certain government officials and private
contractors during the mega sporting event. There must be
serious action against all those accused in graft. Government
must direct registration of FIR against all people named in
the Shunglu report," said Ajay Dubey, social activist.

Noted social activist Anna Hazare has called upon the
nation to observe a fast from tomorrow to persuade the
government to enact the anti-graft Bill.

PTI