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Plaques worth Rs 10.3 lakh ‘fly off’ OC shelf

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games held last October by its Organising Committee (OC), has found that 103 out of the 180 brass plaques (with gold/silver plating) purchased by it for distribution to commemorate the sporting event are allegedly missing or unaccounted for.

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2011 01:09 IST
Abhishek Sharan

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games held last October by its Organising Committee (OC), has found that 103 out of the 180 brass plaques (with gold/silver plating) purchased by it for distribution to commemorate the sporting event are allegedly missing or unaccounted for. The 103 plaques, one of the several types of CWG memorabilia purchased by the OC, were worth around Rs 10.3 lakh, according to a CBI source who is not authorised to speak to the media.

The 180 plaques were purchased by the OC on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that was held during November 27-29, 2009 at Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Each of the plaque was worth over Rs 10, 000. The OC had spent around Rs 20.64 lakh for the 180
plaques out of which around 103 are now missing according to OC’s internal probe,” said the CBI source.
He added, “OC officials, along with the Indian delegation, had gone to the Port of Spain to attend the CHOGM and were supposed to distribute the plaques to their counterparts in other countries’ delegations.”

An effort is underway currently to account for the ‘missing’ plaques. “The OC recently wrote to a functional area chief to submit the entire account on the distribution of the 180 plaques by Tuesday, March 15,” said the source.
The source added, “The OC communication had intimated to the functional area chief that in case the plaques, worth Rs 20.64 lakh, were not returned to the organisation then the amount worth the missing plaques shall be recovered from him.”

Documents, including vouchers, exist with the OC detailing the purchase of the plaques.
The source added that closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the OC storeroom where the plaques were kept are being examined. “Some of the persons who took the plaques in an unauthorised manner figure in the CCTV footage,” he said.