Questioning the intent of the Shunglu Committee report on city infrastructure development during the Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi Government on Tuesday said it was "the product of a paranoia, suspecting every action, every individual and assumes that every policy bespoke for a grand construct of corruption".
In the 19-page preliminary response to the report - sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the report is not just full of contradictions and anomalies, but has caused damage to the image of the government.
The state government rejected almost all the findings of the probe panel and accused it of deliberately choosing to adopt a logic of "convenience" in finding corruption in every tender of the government.
"The report insinuates at a grand machination, conspiring to achieve illegal gains in which all and sundry acted in tandem. The report goes on to justify this figment of 'conspiracy theory' by deliberately choosing to adopt a logic of convenience indicative of palpable corruption in every policy, every design and every tender," it said.
The government said thousands of officers toiled to make the event a great success, which was not mentioned in the panel report.
"What does one make of a report which begins by stating that 'even though, city infrastructure was adequate for hosting the Games even in 2003, Delhi government embarked on an ambitious programme to upgrade infrastructure at a considerable cost', thereby suggesting that there was a malafide design to undertake infrastructure projects," read the reply.
It said the committee has failed to appreciate the budgetary constraints faced by the government for infrastructure works.
On the panel's questioning on bifurcation of Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), the government has replied that the report has failed to appreciate the need for bifurcating the EFC and failed to consult the chief minister or the finance minister to understand the reasons.
"There were many instances when the matter of non-clearance of projects by Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) /Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other authorities was taken up in the GoM. The panel failed to highlight the role of DUAC/ASI and others in delaying the the projects," it said.