Shunglu finds lapses in CWG appointment of Tharoor
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 14:21
New Delhi: The Shunglu Committee has found irregularities in the appointment of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor as an international consultant to advise Commonwealth Games Organising Committee about host of activities related to the sporting event.

The Committee has found that "prices were dictated" at Tharoor's term for his engagement with the Games organising body.

"In the case of catering consultant Ajay Grover and in case of another consultant Shashi Tharoor, prices were dictated at their terms," the Shunglu Committee noted in its fifth report on the OC which was submitted to the Prime Minister's Office.

The report said Tharoor charged USD 30,000 (approximately Rs 13 lakh) as attendance fees for 12 days during September 2008 and January 2009.

It cited a copy of a letter written to an OC functionary, dated July 25, 2008 purportedly from Tharoor indicating his fees as USD 2,500 per day, local travel arrangements, first class air travel, 5 star hotel accommodation including all facilities.

Accordingly, a proposal was made by Ramesh Babu, one of the OC office bearers, on July 28, 2010 for consideration.

The Executive Management Committee had on July 31, 2008 approved appointment of Tharoor accepting all his conditions to advise OC concerning engaging the city, national and international communities from time to time along with Chairman of Organising Committee CWG 2010.


First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 14:21

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