Shunglu report a product of paranoia: Delhi govt

Hitting back at the Shunglu Committee, the Delhi government has termed the high-powered panel`s observations on irregularities in several CWG projects as a "product of paranoia" which is "full of contradictions" and "anomalies".

Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Hitting back at the Shunglu Committee, the Delhi government has termed the high-powered
panel`s observations on irregularities in several CWG projects
as a "product of paranoia" which is "full of contradictions"
and "anomalies" and alleged that they were aimed at causing
damage to the administration and its political executives.

In its report brief report to Prime Minister Manmohan
in response to the findings of the Shunglu Committee, the city
government rejected almost all the findings of the probe panel
"point-by point" and instead accused it of deliberately
choosing to adopt a logic of "convenience" in finding
corruption in every policy and every tender of the government.

"The HLC report on city infrastructure seems to be the
product of a paranoia, suspecting every action, every
individual and assumes that every policy bespoke for a `grand
construct of corruption`," the brief report, submitted to the
Prime Minister by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday,
said.

"We feel constrained but compelled to point out that
the HLC report is not just full of contradictions and
anomalies but has caused damage to the image of the government
and political executives," it said.

The Prime Minister-appointed probe panel has found
procedural violations by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder
Khanna and the Chief Minister for alleged inadequacies in
executing projects related to Commonwealth Games.

"The report insinuates at a grand machination
conspiring to achieve illegal gains in which all and sundry
acted in tandem. The details of the report go on to justify
this figment of `conspiracy theory` by deliberately choosing
to adopt a logic of convenience indicative of palpable
corruption in every policy, every design and every tender," it
said.

The Delhi government said thousands of officers and
engineers of the city government and its civic bodies had
toiled for years to make the highly prestigious event a great
success which was not reflected by the panel.

"What does one make of a report which begins by
stating that `even though, city infrastructure was adequate
for hosting the Games 2010 even in 2003, Delhi government
embarked on an ambitious programme to upgrade city
infrastructure at a considerable cost` thereby suggesting that
there was a malafide design to undertake city infrastructure
projects," said the report.

PTI