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Shunglu panel alleges CAG cold shoulder

delhi Updated: Jan 12, 2011 23:39 IST
Zia Haq
Zia Haq
Hindustan Times
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A turf battle has broken out between the comptroller and auditor-general (CAG), the country's top auditing agency, and the PM-appointed high-level panel led by V.K. Shunglu. Both are probing alleged financial wrongdoings in organising the Commonwealth Games last October.

For a substantive probe into how the Games' preparations were botched up, the Shunglu panel has sought key documents related to several Games-related projects which are currently in the custody of CAG.

The CAG, which is also probing the Games mess, has not shared some key documents related to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main Games venue, and S.P. Mukherjee aquatic complex, together worth about R1,200 crore, sources said.

Both these venues face a raft of allegations, from delayed completion to massive overspending.

"We have sent three reminders since November for these and we need to complete our probe by our March-end deadline. The CAG is not cooperating with us," an official involved in the Shunglu probe told HT.

The CAG has informed the Shunglu panel that it would hand over documents only when it completes its own auditing of the Games. A spokesperson for the CAG declined to comments.

Sources in the CAG, which is constitutionally mandated to audit all government spending, however said the CAG was under no obligation to consult or coordinate with the Shunglu panel.

The CAG, however, holds quarterly meetings with the Central Vigilance Commission, the top anti-graft watchdog, and the Central Bureau of Investigation, all of who are looking into the Games fiasco.

The Shunglu panel's has a wide-ranging mandate that calls for holding to account functionaries "at all levels" and the Games organising committee for embarrassing slip-ups and requires it to recommend "immediate action as warranted under law."