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‘Look into others’ role too in conduct of sporting event’

delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2011 23:57 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) Suresh Kalmadi, who was grilled on Tuesday by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the irregularities in the conduct of the Games, said the agency should look into the role of the others, including OC's chief executive officer Jarnail Singh.

Even after being questioned for over eight hours at Central Bureau of Investigation's headquarters, Kalmadi, who looked composed and flashed an occasional smile, said: "Suresh Kalmadi did not take the decisions alone. The budget was 5% of the country's budget and the Commonwealth Games was not just the OC's games."

The games were held with help of various government agencies, including the state government, he said. According to him, OC's finance committee had four government secretaries, a sub-committee, and an executive board, which took the decisions. "The CBI should ask them as well and it will," Kalmadi said.

"Jarnail Singh is the OC CEO, he was sent by the government and was the chairman and convenor of the finance committee. He oversaw the work of all functional areas, the administration," Kalmadi said.

"Singh was everywhere, whether it was the matter of overlays or TSR (Timing Scoring and Results)," he said. "He is involved too. The CBI should call Jarnail Singh for questioning too."

A CBI source, who was not authorised to talk to the media, said the agency planned to call Jarnail Singh "for questioning in the award of contract in the TSR deal".

Reacting to Kalmadi's allegations, Singh said: “I did my job fairly and the agency can call me any time if required.

OC officials, including Kalmadi, did nothing in 2006, 2007, 2008 and most parts of 2009. I joined in October-November of 2009 and had to do most of the work.”

Till October 15, 2009, the OC had finalised only 28 of the 503 contracts.