Three days after a high-level committee was formed to look into the irregularities and alleged corruption in the organisation of the Commonwealth Games 2010, an inter-agency turf-war has broken over the issue of who should get to lead the probe.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, which on Tuesday began investigations into 15 complaints regarding procedural irregularities and corruption levelled against the OC, was apparently miffed that it did not get primacy in the investigation.
An agency source, who was not authorised to talk media, said: “The CBI has the requisite specialisation and resources to conduct the probe. In the end, all files and cases being looked into by other agencies and the committee under the former comptroller and auditor general would have to come to us.”
“This is because only we have the powers to prosecute and not the CAG. It is the CBI that will arrest the offenders and file the FIRs,” he said. According to him, several agencies investigating the matter might result in “avoidable duplication, confusions and delays”.
“The CBI would by now have swung into full action had it been given a specific lead role in the role,” said another source who is not authorised to talk.
While setting up the team under former comptroller and auditor general VK Shunglu, the Prime Minister had directed the ministries concerned to conduct thorough investigations into all the complaints.