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Games: CVC to hold detailed inquiry into projects

delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2010 23:54 IST
Aloke Tikku

The Central Vigilance Commission will hold a detailed inquiry into irregularities in awarding the irregularitiesrelated projects in Delhi and its execution after the event.

The CVC's technical examiners had taken up some projects implemented by the Delhi Government and municipal bodies for examination, and conveyed its findings to the authorities concerned.

The Delhi Government is executing Games-related projects worth Rs 16,560 crore. In contrast, the Organising Committee will be spending a little over Rs 2,300 crore received as a loan from the Centre.

The CVC had come under fire from senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday, who complained that it hadn't acted immediately on corruption allegations in Games projects. "The CVC should not wait. It should act immediately," Singh had said.

Sources at the premier anti-corruption watchdog said the CVC had taken a conscious decision to not act immediately due to concerns that it could jeopardised the event due to delays that a vigilance investigation would have entailed.

"We would like to look into the procedure and execution with a view to improving the situation and help remedy things in time… not do anything that delays execution of the projects," a senior CVC official said.

He insisted this did not imply that the corrupt would get away. "They may be able to cover some tracks with proper documentation… but then, the quality of projects would give them away," he said.

"If we intervene at the initial stage, it would not only impede decision-making but also result in cancellation of tenders, necessitating emergency purchases where the corrupt would make more money and escape scrutiny," he added. "A more detailed inquiry can await the Games' completion," he said, adding anti-corruption sleuths would work with the CAG that would carry out an extensive audit.