CBI tightens noose on OC officials
Investigating agencies probing corruption allegations relating to the Commonwealth Games have started hunting for important documents, which are likely to provide vital clues that led to the multiple scams.delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2010 23:47 IST
Investigating agencies probing corruption allegations relating to the Commonwealth Games have started hunting for important documents, which are likely to provide vital clues that led to the multiple scams.
The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) is tightening its noose against both present and former officials of the Organising Committee (OC), whose role is suspected in the alleged money laundering during the inauguration of Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) in London in 2009.
In a separate but related development, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is likely to seize documents from various departments of the Centre and Delhi governments, who were involved in the Games, sources said.
The CVC officials have put the preliminary estimate of the alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 22 Games-related projects between R5,000 and R8,000 crore.
"There has been a surge in the number of complaints related to the Games. Since the amount involved in the corruption is growing, we thought of opening a special cell to exclusively deal with it," said an official.
The CVC is unhappy with the non-cooperative attitude of these departments, who have so far not furnished the relevant documents sought by the anti-corruption watchdog.
A team of CBI officials visited the OC headquarters on Monday and took in their possession files relating to the appointment two of its two former officials - joint director general TS Darbari and deputy director-general Sanjay Mahindroo.
The CBI is already investigating the money transferred to two London-based firms - AM Films and AM Car and Vans, which were hired by OC to provide logistical support like arranging transportation, etc. during the QBR launch.
"We have handed over the files relating to the appointment of these two officials, the selection procedure and about members in the selection panel to the CBI," said an OC source.
The CVC, which is looking into alleged irregularities in 22 Games-related projects, has formed a special cell comprising five senior officials of additional secretary rank.
The cell will function till the Commission submits its report to VK Shunglu Committee, which was appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The CVC has found alleged financial discrepancies in tenders floated by various government departments. Of these, six were carried out by the sports ministry, four by the DDA, three by the OC, two each by the MCD, CPWD and the government of Delhi.