CVC now probes recruitment scam in CWG OC

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission has initiated an inquiry into an alleged recruitment scam in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) following complaints that it showed ghost employees on its muster rolls and violated norms while inducting people.

A total of 2,100 people were shown as having worked between May 2009 and November 2010 in different capacities and together drew salary running into several crores.

Sources said the anti-corruption watchdog officials have
seized documents related to the employees who were recruited
for organising the mega sporting event last year.

They said the Commission has received several complaints
claiming large scale irregularities in selecting officials for
the Games OC. It was alleged that a large amount of money had
been siphoned off as salary expenditure.

"The CVC has got complaints that many staff members were
selected by violating certain norms. The complaints also
claimed presence of ghost employees on the OC muster rolls. We
have taken those complaints seriously and are enquiring into
them," a CVC official said, requesting anonymity.

The sources said it is a significant step following
allegations of "fraudulent" recruitment process undertaken by
the OC.

They said that CVC has also asked the Chief Vigilance
Officer of the Sports Ministry to probe irregularities in the
whole recruitment process.

In a related development, the Income tax department
has also asked CWG OC furnish details of muster rolls,
documents pertinent to selection of workforce, salary and Tax
Deduction at Source among others to check the complaints of
alleged fraud.

The OC has at present about 250 employees who are
being relieved in a phased manner, the sources said.

The anti-corruption watchdog is enquiring into over 30
complaints related to alleged corruption in Games works
carried out by different civic and construction agency. It
includes overlays works, workforce selection, hiring of
equipment and public relation related projects executed by OC.

The high-level Shunglu Committee, appointed by the
Prime Minister to look into corruption and procedural lapses
in the conduct of the Games, has asked information from public
about the alleged recruitment scam.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 last
year appointed the Committee under the chairmanship of former
Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu and asked it to
submit its report within three months time.

Besides, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has
registered four FIRs naming some of the close aides of OC
chairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged criminal conspiracy and
financial irregularities in executing certain contracts.

The CBI has also questioned Kalmadi in connection with
the cases.



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