A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested former chairman of Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has intensified its demand for the arrest of chief minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged corruption in developing city infrastructure for the games.
Addressing a rally of women at Chandni Chowk, BJP Delhi president Vijender Gupta said Dikshit should have been arrested immediately after being found guilty by the Shunglu Committee to ensure documents related to the games could not be tampered with.
"The Shunglu committee pointed out so many irregularities, yet the CBI is not willing to act on it. By failing to arrest Dikshit, it is acting in a partisan fashion," Gupta said in the rally.
The Delhi BJP has been demanding a CBI inquiry in the government's role in the alleged corruption in the games.
Gupta said the committee has found the government responsible for the bungling of R1,500 crore. "The CBI should immediately start investigations into the case so that the guilty could immediately be sent behind bars," Gupta said.
The Committee blamed the Dikshit government for delays, lack of oversight and discrepancies in tendering for various infrastructure projects while preparing for the games.
Though the CM sent a 19-page interim reply to the committee report to the Prime Minister very next day, she appointed a three-member committee of IAS officers to prepare an exhaustive para-wise reply.
While Dikshit had earlier said replies would be sent by April-end, a letter from the home ministry on Monday to send the replies in a month has given the government some more time.
"We have got replies from most of the agencies. We will send the report in a month," Dikshit told reporters on Tuesday.