Nearly 18 months after it lodged a probe, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed its investigation into the alleged irregularities in the setting up of a broadcast network for the conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and a Noida-based private firm.
The agency found that the allegations related to an escalation — worth around R400 crore — in the project's cost and corruption were not substantiated, said a CBI source.
“The additional cost was incurred since the CWG event was spread across a much bigger area than for example, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, which was held within an area of 10 km. The escalation appeared to be genuine,” said the source. htc