CVC closes some cases of alleged corruption in CWG related projects
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that investigations in relation to the Commonwealth Games are being carried out by multiple agencies. Out of the total of 53 Commonwealth Game (CWG) related cases examined by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC):
- 12 cases were closed,
- 28 cases were in different stages of investigation, and
- 13 cases were sent to CBI for further investigation.
The Common Wealth Games held in Delhi from October 3-14, 2010 rand allegation of corruption were made in the execution of the projects related to building of stadium and providing facilities to sportsperson. Reply to an application shows that the 12 cases of alleged corruption in projects carried out by various government departments have been closed following investigation by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The cases closed by CVC include those related to:
- procurement of about Rs. 100 crore secure Tetra communication network.
- contract for upgrading of houses constructed in Vasant Kunj.
- irregularities in construction of roads, sewer, etc causing of loss of Rs 50 crore.
- Delhi Development Authority recommended closure of the complaint regarding payment to the contractor and low quality work at Archery and TT stadium at Yamuna Sports Complex which has been noted by CVC.
Some of the cases of irregularities being looked after by the CVC include:
- Irregularities in the construction of under bridge at Sewa Nagar railway crossing.
- Embezzlement of Rs 1.5 crore in purchase of Hova Courts for badminton stadium by non-tendering.
- Investigation against A K Jain, former Member (Finance), Prasar Bharti.
Some of the matters under investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are:
- Irregularity in appointment of R K Sacheti, Joint Director General without proper qualification.
- Allegations of payment of bribe to former CWG OC head Suresh Kalmadi of Rs 2 crore to get a contract and illegal construction of 28 studio apartments inside CWG village without seeking DDA’s permission.
The CVC has forwarded the complaint regarding violation of rules in construction of the food court, purchase of equipments and accessories for media centre and procurement of security related gadgets etc. at India Trade Promotion Organisation to the Department of Commerce for investigation. The Department of Commerce has recommended closure of the case.
A high-level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu was set up by the prime minister to look into the allegations of corruption. The six reports submitted by the Committee is being examined by a Group of Ministers headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony.