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Kalmadi`s arrest belated, says CPI(M)

Terming the arrest of Suresh Kalmadi in the Commonwealth Games scam as "belated", the CPI-M demanded that the CBI take steps to lodge cases and prosecute others responsible for the irregularities.



New Delhi: Terming the arrest of Suresh Kalmadi in the Commonwealth Games scam as "belated", the CPI-M on Monday demanded that the CBI take steps to lodge cases and
prosecute others responsible for the irregularities.

Maintaining that the arrest of the sacked CWG Chairman
"for corruption" associated with the games was welcome though
it was "much delayed", the party said the CBI should forthwith
register cases and prosecute "those who were responsible for
the expropriation of public funds".
"Apart from the instances of corruption indulged in by
the organising committee of the CWG, there is large scale
misuse of funds for the games by other agencies and
authorities in the Delhi Government and the Central
Government. Some of these have been enquired into by the
Shunglu Committee," the CPI(M) Politburo said in a statement.

Senior party leader Brinda Karat said the "belated
action" of Kalmadi`s arrest was "only the tip of an iceberg".

Karat, who is in Kolkata, said the Shunglu Committee and
the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in their reports
"implicated the Delhi governments and some departments under
central ministers".

"Therefore, the huge CWG scam is yet another piece of
evidence about the corruption which has proliferated under the
Manmohan Singh government. The fact that the action is so
belated hardly brings any confidence," she said.
The action required now should really be in the aspects
which have been pointed out by the Shunglu panel and the CAG,
Karat said, adding that investigations should not be limited
to "just in one case, when thousands of crore of rupees is
involved. Action should be taken against all those named in
the Shunglu report and questions raised by the CAG".

PTI

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