Dikshit to send her response on Shunglu report to PM
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Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011, 23:06
New Delhi: Facing heat in the wake of the Shunglu Committee report, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said Delhi government will soon send a "detailed report" to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in response to findings of the probe panel which blamed her and Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna for delays and losses in CWG projects.

"We will send our reply to the Prime Minister on the (Shunglu Committee) report. We are studying it now. We will not hide anything," Dikshit said.

Top Delhi Government officials told PTI that following directions from the Chief Minister, a detailed report is being prepared in response to Shunglu Committee findingsr and it will be sent to the PMO either on Monday or Tuesday. The Shunglu Committee in its second and third report on Games Village and City Infrastructure respectively, has named Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged inadequacies and financial losses in various CWG projects.

Asked whether the Prime Minister-appointed committee, probing CWG scams, had examined concerned Delhi Government officials before finalising its report, Dikshit pleaded ignorance but said a report on Games expenditure incurred by various agencies has been given to the panel as well as to the CAG.

"I can tell you very categorically that we had sent details of our (CWG) expenditure..over expenditure or under expenditure to CAG and Shunglu Committee. We had sent the details to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Union Urban Development Minister," Dikshit said.

The top officials, preparing Delhi Government response, said the criticism against Dikshit was "indirect" in nature and the high-level panel even praised the Chief Minister for her "leadership".

"The Chief Minister took personal interest in the planning and execution of these projects. While full credit must be given to the CM for the leadership provided, she also carries the responsibility for the decisions taken including those relating to 'city image' improvement projects," the official quoted from the report.

Earlier this week, Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna sent a 216-page response to the Prime Miniter's Office after the committee held him responsible for the alleged irregularities in the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011, 23:06

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