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BJP demands action against those indicted by Shunglu panel

BJP on Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh what action is being taken against higher-ups involved in the Commonwealth Games scam as pointed out by the Shunglu committee.



New Delhi: BJP on Friday asked Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh what action is being taken against higher-ups
involved in the Commonwealth Games scam as pointed out by the
Shunglu committee and insisted that by rejecting the report,
the Delhi government was defying the Centre.

"It was not only organisation of the Commonwealth Games
but sheer loot of common wealth (people`s money)," BJP
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He demanded the arrest and "custodial interrogation" of
CWG Organising Committee Chief Suresh Kalmadi.

"Till date Kalmadi has not been arrested and the Delhi
Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, who has a lot to answer, is
questioning the report itself. If the Prime Minister again
maintains a conspicuous silence then it would be the final
confirmation of his patronage of the corrupt," Prasad said.

BJP further alleged that the Prime Minister "creates a
messy situation" on issues of corruption and this was seen in
the CWG, CVC and 2G spectrum allocation cases.

Prasad said the BJP demand for a JPC probe into CWG
still stands but did not voice it vociferously and even added
that the JPC on 2G was won after a long struggle.

Recalling the Delhi Cabinet decision rejecting the VK
Shunglu committee`s fifth report, BJP alleged that "in effect"
Dikshit was challenging the Prime Minister who had appointed
the probe panel and also stated in Parliament that he would
act on its recommendations.

The principal opposition asked Singh what action he was
contemplating against the senior officials involved in CWG
corruption and "upto what level".

"The report once again confirms that there were gross
acts of omission and commission, which facilitated undue gains
to the contractors, leading to wasteful expenditure, which
contributed to overall loss to the government," Prasad said.

He insisted that the report specifically mentions that
"the malaise runs deep and cannot be dismissed as a one-off"
aberration for which relatively junior functionaries alone can
be held responsible.

"Officers of the Organisation concerned, who were
involved, would have to be identified on the basis of further
investigation and suitable action be taken," Prasad said.

BJP alleged that there was a "method to the madness" and
a pattern in which the scam was operationalised.

"First the organisers caused a deliberate delay, then
the contract prices were jacked up, after which a demand for
additional funds was made to finish the work on time and all
this was used to make money," Prasad said.

Quoting from the Shunglu report, he said there were
glaring irregularities in award of contracts and tenders, poor
oversight and deliberate lack of monitoring, which led not
only to undue advantage to few in contracts but also collusive
bidding, hasty decisions, cost escalation and wasteful
expenditure.

PTI

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