The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to register up to 10 more FIRs over complaints related to alleged irregularities, including those cited by the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) held last October.
As part of its ongoing probe, the agency is likely to file an FIR soon in connection with the allegedly irregular award of contracts worth around R71 crore to a Swiss firm, appointed as CWG’s technical consultant by its Organising Committee, without seeking the Group of Ministers’ (GoM) requisite approval. For this, the agency would turn its Preliminary Enquiry (PE) into a regular case, said a CBI source.
Besides, the CBI is likely to file several FIRs over the alleged irregularities related to the conduct of the CWG in the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)’s report that will be examined, with an eye on ascertaining criminality, said the source. The source said one of the irregularities mentioned by the CAG report—loss of around R100 crore due to the streetscaping contract—is under the CBI scanner already.
The source said, “In all, we could file up to 10 more regular cases as part of our CWG probe.” The CBI has till now filed 13 FIRs as part of its ongoing CWG corruption probe.
The Swiss firm, which was appointed as CWG’s technical consultant, had bagged three contracts from the OC—related to monitoring of the Venue Development (worth R14.58 crore), Games’ Workforce Services (R22.36 crore) and Games’ Planning Project & Risk Management Services (R29.66 crore). The CBI probe has revealed that the contract related to Venue Development was allegedly awarded without inviting tenders. “The OC sought the GoM’s approval to hire a foreign firm as CWG’s technical consultant on November 10, 2006—three days after it had already awarded the contracts related to technical consultancy to the same firm,” said the source.
The CBI is also looking into allegations that the firm was favoured because a former Commonwealth Games Federation official had a stake in it.
The CBI is expected to also register regular cases over alleged irregularities in the award of CWG contracts by its OC that pertained to “catering, ticketing that led to a loss of around R61 crore, sponsorship and Games News Service,” said another source. He added, “We are also looking at allegations related to award of contracts by Delhi government, DDA and NDMC, among other government agencies,” sources said.
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