Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sheila says unaware of CVC report about CWG irregularities

New Delhi, Jul 30 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today denied knowledge of any Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) assessment report exposing allegedly corrupt officials in the street lights upgradation for the Commonwealth Games even when a CBI probe into the case has been sought by the Commission.

''I am completely unaware of any CVC report. When it will reach us, it will be taken care of,'' Ms Dikshit told mediapersons today, a few hours after the Commission requested the CBI to register corruption cases against the MCD officials allegedly
involved in the 'shady deals'.

The assessment report of the CVC, prepared after several complaints of corruption poured in, specifies 16 projects amounting to nearly Rs 2,000 crore, where procedural violations, corruption and clear signs of 'official' collusion for benefit have been found. Of these, six projects were of the Public Works Department (PWD), three of the MCD, two each of Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and one of RITES.

In the street lighting case alone, the contractor, who won the bid on the basis of 'lowest price quote' was later allowed to raise the contract amount in order to milch profits for himself and officials involved, thereby fleecing the exchequer of tens of crores of rupees, as per CVC findings.

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