BJP wants Kalmadi`s arrest, probe into Kanishka Singh`s stakes

BJP demanded arrest of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and a probe into the stakes of Kanishka Singh, an aide of Rahul Gandhi, in the contracts.

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Expressing unhappiness over the
pace of CBI investigations into alleged corruption in
Commonwealth Games projects, BJP on Wednesday demanded arrest of
Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and a probe into
the stakes of Kanishka Singh, an aide of Rahul Gandhi, in the
contracts.

"The way the CBI is conducting raids and arresting
people...we think it is really not addressing the main and the
core issues. They are going about it in a way in which.....
the whole thing is probably being taken a bit easily," BJP
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She asked as to why Kalmadi had not been questioned or
arrested yet by the CBI.

"We also seek an explanation about the role of Kanishka
Singh, the secretary to Congress General Secretary Rahul
Gandhi. We understand that Singh and his first cousins are
very closely associated with Emmar MGF. We would like to know
how and when they had received the contracts for the
Commonwealth Games. And what exactly is the connection," she
said.

The BJP leader maintained that Emaar MGF was the main
group behind building of the Commonwealth Games Village and
the party "would like to know and seek a clarification from
the Congress General Secretary on the matter".

She also demanded Kalmadi`s immediate arrest by the
CBI.

"Investigation should really go into depths (with
regard to Kalmadi). Arresting his two associates does not tell
us much at all. And even they have been saying that much of
the things which had happened, happened with the complete
knowledge of Kalmadi. So he has to be questioned and answers
sought from him," Sitharaman said.

PTI