Ready for CWG probe by any credible agency, no House panel: Delhi CM

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 22:56

New Delhi: Ruling out setting up of a House
Committee to probe alleged bungling in Commonwealth Games
spending, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said her
government was ready for any probe by "credible agencies" like
CBI, CVC, CAG, Enforcement Directorate and Shunglu Committee.

Describing BJP`s demand for setting up of a House
Committee as "politically motivated", Dikshit said there was
no guarantee that the Opposition would not resort to "petty
politics" if such a panel was set up.
"We will give all our records and offer full cooperation
to any credible agency. We are ready for any probe as we are
confident that what we did was clean and clear...what is the
guarantee that they (the opposition) will not politicise the
issue if we set up a House Committee," Dikshit said in the
Assembly.

The Chief Minister was replying to a discussion on the
Commonwealth Games. Earlier, BJP MLAs were evicted from the
House after they trouped to the well of the House demanding
setting up of a House Committee to probe the "massive
corruption" by Delhi Government in CWG projects.

Dikshit said Government will part with all the
information related to Games spendings if anyone wants to see
them using Right to Information Act.

She said her government was ready for any probe by
"credible agencies" like CBI, CVC, CAG, Enforcement
Directorate and Shunglu Committee, which was set up by the
Centre after the Games.

Rejecting opposition charge of corruption, Dikshit
categorically said anyone found guilty of any wrongdoing will
not be spared. "We will not spare anybody found guilty."

Dikshit also questioned why BJP leader V K Malhotra,
who was part of the Organising Committee, "kept mum" all along
and did not raise his voice against the alleged
irregularities in the OC.

"V K Malhotra was an integral part of the Committee which
was running the Games. Why was he so quiet. Why did not he say
anything then? Why could not he tell anybody at all, even if
he did not want to go public (about the irregularities in
OC). He should have asked questions," said Dikshit.

She condemned the attitude of main opposition in the
House "which is in habit of leaving the House".

"They always run away from the House and their main
objective is to create sensation," she claimed.

In her reply, Dikshit also blamed DDA for not extending
their cooperation to Delhi Government in implementing CWG
projects. "We did not get the kind of support we should have
got from DDA," she said adding the agency is responsible for
"drawbacks" found in the Barapullah Nallah project.
Dikshit also emphasised the need for proper upkeep of the
newly built stadiums and other sport infrastructure.

She also announced that a Committee under the
chairmanship of Sports Minister will be constituted to suggest
setting up of sports academies or any other institutions to
ensure proper utilisation of infrastructure.

Complimenting various government departments for
successful holding of the Games, she said the city is now
confident of holding Asian Games and Olympics.

"I know..I am told by the Sports Ministry that people are
now wanting Asian Games and Olympics because that confidence
has come that we can do it. In fact the entire world is now
confident that if India wants it can do it," she said.

About collapse of the foot overbridge outside Jawaharlal
Nehru Stadium, she said based on the probe report, which has
already been submitted, action will be taken soon.

Dikshit said city government was able to meet all CWG
expenditure because of better tax collection by the
Government. "We did not burden the citizens by levying extra
taxes to meet CWG expenses."

She said the Games Village was in "bad shape" few weeks
before commencement of the event and was made fully functional
with assistance of Delhi government officials.

"The Village was appreciated by the Athletes and
officials."

She further stated that due to hosting of the Games, "we
are able to accelerate the pace of development. The
development which would have taken next 5-10 years was
completed within 2-3 years."

"This helped in saving a lot of money as the amount
which would have been spent after 10 years would have been
much larger due to inflation."

Dikshit appreciated the role of volunteers during the
event and congratulated Indian athletes for grabbing 101
medals.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 22:56

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