CWG probe: Shunglu panel gets status of a SC judge
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 00:06
  
New Delhi: In a move aimed at giving more teeth to the probe, government has conferred the status of a Supreme Court judge on V K Shunglu, head of the two member high-level committee to go into the alleged financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games.

Sources said that an order in this regard was issued so that the committee will have the authority to summon officials, inspect records, call evidence and to look into all the official documents pertaining to the mega sporting event.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 15 constituted the committee to be headed by Shunglu, a former Comptroller and Accountant General, to investigate and report within three months its findings.

Besides, Shantanu Consul, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, has been appointed as a member of the committee, which he will assume after his retirement on October 30.

The committee, which has been given vast powers, will examine the "weaknesses in management, alleged misappropriation, irregularities, wasteful expenditure and wrongdoing in the conduct of the Games and recommend action".

It would look into the role and responsibilities of the signatories to the Host City Contract and the overall implications of the obligations entered into through the Host City Contract, planning and execution of development projects related to the Games and contracts for service delivery, with reference to time, cost and quality.

It would also probe the issues relating to the effectiveness of the organisational structure and governance for organisation, preparation and conduct of the Games at all levels, including the Organising Committee and its key functional areas.

The Committee will also probe the role of international or national advisors/consultants/officials of the Organising Committee in conducting the Games.

It would assess overall impact of the Games for the city's infrastructure, sports infrastructure and sports development, lessons learnt for the future, establishment of a mechanism for laying down time frames and effective monitoring, creation of a legally sustainable framework for hosting similar international sporting events,appropriate financial management and internal audit, media interaction and communication.

The Shunglu panel will also consider any complaint from public, duly supported by documents, concerning the conduct of the Games.

Shunglu committee can look into broadcast rights row: Cong

Congress on Wednesday said it was for Shunglu committee to decide action on the alleged irregularities in giving telecast rights for Commonwealth Games to a UK-based company.

"The ambit of the probe by Shunglu Committee is wide and he will definitely look into whatever facts come out," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters at the AICC briefing replying to queries on the controversy over broadcast contract for Commonwealth Games.

The Congress spokesperson's comments came on a day when, in a move aimed at giving more teeth to the probe, the government has conferred the status of a Supreme Court judge on V K Shunglu, head of the two member high-level committee to go into the alleged financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 00:06


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