A probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is looking into alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games by its Organising Committee (OC), has found that 107 contracts worth Rs 310 crore were awarded on the basis of nomination against norms.
Three of such contracts were related to the conduct of the queen’s baton relay (QBR) event in London in October 2009, ahead of the CWG.
The alleged 107 contracts could have been awarded via open bidding to ensure fairness and optimum utilisation of the taxpayer’s money, but were handed out through nomination, said a CBI source.
“It indicates a glaring deficiency in the OC’s contract management system,” said the source.
Among the three QBR contracts awarded through nomination were “a contract related to the QBR launch ceremony given to the London-based AM Films, while another contract related to the same event was given to its sister firm AM Car & Van Hire Limited,” said the source. Another QBR contract, of consultancy, was also awarded on nomination basis, the source added.
The CBI has completed its probe into alleged irregularities in the conduct of the QBR and is set to file its chargesheet soon.
The agency is likely to name the London-based owner of AM Films and AM Car & Van Hire Limited in the chargesheet along with a few top OC officials, said the source.
The group of 107 contracts also included two contracts, worth around R19.7 crore, related to “venue development project scheduling and venue development venue brief” given to a Swiss firm. The Swiss firm had bagged the CWG consultancy contracts from the OC in an irregular manner, said the source.
28 CWG contracts on single-tender basis
The CBI probe has indicated that the OC also awarded 28 CWG contracts on “single-tender basis” against norms, said another source.
“These 28 contracts were worth around R356 crore and included those related to the CWG’s opening and closing ceremonies, and even the supply of boxing gloves and headgears,” said the source.