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CAG shots back at Shunglu panel over alleged charges

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 14, 2011
First Published: 00:02 IST(14/1/2011) | Last Updated: 00:03 IST(14/1/2011)

The comptroller and auditor general (CAG) on Thursday shot back at the Prime Minister-appointed high-level panel, led by VK Shunglu and refuted the latter’s charge that CAG is not cooperating with the panel in its probe against alleged financial wrongdoings in organising the Commonwealth Games.

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On Wednesday, a top source at the Shunglu panel had told Hindustan Times that CAG, which is also probing the Games mess, is not sharing some key documents related to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main Games venue, and the SP Mukherjee aquatic complex, together worth about R1200 crore. Work at both the stadiums was carried out by central public works department (CPWD) which comes under the union urban development ministry.

In a letter written to Shunglu on Thursday, the CAG has said, “You will appreciate that at all times we have accommodated your requests. You have been speaking to me on these issues and I have ensured that your examination of files does in no way get delayed. I am aware that you have only a limited time frame of three months. We will continue to endeavour to cooperate with your inquiry.”

Both the CAG and Shunglu panel are probing alleged financial wrongdoings in organising the Commonwealth Games.

An official involved in the Shunglu probe had told HT that since November 2010 they have sent three reminders to CAG to assist it with information related to the two stadiums but has failed to get a response.

But the CAG in its letter said that it is not holding back any files related to the two stadiums.


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