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Shunglu rebuttal receives Delhi Cabinet approval

delhi Updated: May 25, 2011 23:51 IST
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Delhi Cabinet on Monday stamped its approval on the reply prepared to the Shunglu Committee report that looked into the cases of alleged corruption and oversight in developing city infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games.

In its 1,000-page report that runs into two volumes, the government has reportedly rejected the allegations made by the prime minister-appointed VK Shunglu Committee that lack of oversight and delay in preparations led to cost escalation.

The committee had also noted discrepancies in allotment of work, among other failures, that drained state resources and led to contractors cornering undue benefits.

In a specially-convened meeting, the Delhi Cabinet approved the voluminous report prepared by three senior officers of the Delhi government.

Officials said the report would be sent to the home ministry in a “day or two”.

“The Cabinet has approved the report prepared by the three-member committee. We are giving paragraph-wise response to the Shunglu Committee’s findings. It will be sent to the home ministry in the next two-three days,” Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said after the Cabinet meeting.

The Delhi government’s reply response has trashed the panel's findings arguing they were based on “presumptions” and “assumptions”.

While the 19-page interim reply to the report, which the government also posted on the Internet, was rhetoric, the detailed 1,000-page reply reportedly takes care of every minute observation made by the Shunglu Committee.

“The report has factual details of every project that have found a mention in Shunglu Committee's findings. There are specific chapters that deal with every department mentioned in the report,” a senior Delhi government officer said.

Officials said they are now waiting for a similar reply prepared by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council on their projects.