Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Delhi government defends Sheila Dikshit, says no role in awarding CWG tenders

New Delhi, Aug 8 : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had no role in awarding tenders regarding the XIX Commonwealth Games, Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said today.

The statement comes close on the heels of reports regarding the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) indicting Ms Dikshit and jailed former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi for serious lapses and irregularities in the infrastructure projects, bidding process for procurement of different Games-related items and several instances of wasteful expenditure.

"We have gone through the CAG's report. Neither the Chief Minister nor any political functionary has been indicted in it," Mr Lovely said in a press conference here.

The 743-page report has accused various ministries of the Delhi government of irregularities and lapses in the Games, held from October 3-14 last year in the national capital.

Ms Dikshit, who had maintained her innocence, told mediapersons yesterday that if the Public Accounts Committee finds anyone guilty, action will be taken against them.

She has been stressing on the PAC to study the CAG report to find any doubtful pecuniary actions made by her government in the Commonwealth Games bungle.

Besides the Delhi Government, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and other ministries and various agencies including the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Public Works Department(PWD) have been blamed for the entire mess in the sporting extravaganza, in which 4,336 athletes and 2,115 officials representing 71 countries participated.

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