New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slammed
"rampant corruption" in the Commonwealth Games to be held here
and castigated the government for the collapse of the foot
overbridge "like a pack of cards" near Jawaharlal Nehru
"In this country, payments are made without work being
done. Newly-constructed bridge collapsed like a pack of cards.
Rs 70,000 crores are involved (in the games). There is rampant
corruption in the country. We cannot shut our eyes," a Bench
comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.
"Till October 15, Commonwealth is a public purpose -
thereafter, everything will become private purpose," said the
Bench expressing anguish over the collapse of the pedestrian
bridge near the Nehru Stadium, main venue of the Games,
earlier this month, just days after it was completed.
The Bench made the remarks during the hearing of a matter
in which it was alleged that NDMC constructed a high-rise
building near the protected monument Jantar Mantar.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has alleged the
building of NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corporation) was built
by ignoring law which prohibits such construction within 100
meters of the monument.
During the hearing, it was also pointed out that other
buildings have also been allowed to come near the vicinity of
"How mindless and lawless are you? No regard for history,
no regard for constitution. There is a totally unethical
government with no moral values. Money is the only thing that
matters. Why don`t you convert Jantar Mantar into a hotel or a
mall and India will shine?" said the Bench.
The Bench was hearing the petition filed by the ASI in