CWG: CVC probe puts 18 more projects under scanner

Widening its probe into alleged corruption in Commonwealth Games, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has brought 18 new projects related to the event under its scanner.

New Delhi: Widening its probe into alleged
corruption in Commonwealth Games, the Central Vigilance
Commission (CVC) has brought 18 new projects related to the
event under its scanner.

In reply to an RTI query, the anti-corruption watchdog
said that it has found alleged irregularities in the sale of
VIP passes, installation of fitness equipment and appointment
of placement broker and manipulation of tenders floated by
different government civic and construction agencies here and
sought reports.
Besides the Commission is looking into the allegations
made by an official of an infrastructure firm against CWG
Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi for accepting money.

"The issue relating to allegation against Kalmadi and
others for hiring various equipment, including tread mills,
costlier than their total cost was sent to the CVO (Chief
Vigilance Officer), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for
necessary action at their end," the CVC said in reply to RTI
query filed by S C Agarwal.

The CVC has sent the complaint, alleging Amit Mittal,
CMD of A2Z Infra Services Pvt Ltd paid money to Kalmadi to get
the work, for factual report to the CVO, Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports, the Commission said.

It has also sought report over the appointment of R K
Sacheti, former Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games.
A report has been sought from Sports Ministry on the
issue relating "to the firm promising to procure sponsorship
for the event worth Rs 470 crore but procuring only worth Rs
125 crore and the OC agreeing to give commission on that
sponsorship also which company could not procure and which
came directly to the OC.

"The issue relating to irregularities in sale of VIP
passes was sent to CVO, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
for necessary action at their end," the RTI reply said.

The Commission said the matter pertaining to overlays and
venue operators, issue relating to perjury statement by Union
Minister Jaipal Reddy, malpractices in the appointment of
workforce and Games staff and favouritism to private parties
in tenders for room bath lenin in DDA mega housing project for
Games have also been sent to respective CVOs for necessary
action.

Two cases related to upgradation of streetlights in the
National Capital Territory by Municipal Corporation of Delhi
and contracts given to London based firms for Queen`s Baton
relay is being investigated by the CBI.

In reply to RTI query filed by PTI, the CVC had earlier
said that it was probing at least 22 Games-related
construction and procurement works carried out by different
government agencies here for alleged financial irregularities.

PTI

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