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Under pressure, Kalmadi calls for emergency CWG meet

india Updated: Aug 02, 2010 21:51 IST

Jolted by alleged corruption scandals in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, an embattled chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Monday faced the heat from key colleagues in the Organising Committee who have demanded an emergency meeting to discuss the issues.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), taking note of Central Vigilance Commission's report on rampant corruption, also shot off a letter to the OC asking it to ensure that all the venues for the October 3-14 mega-event obtain quality assurance certificates.

In a significant development, IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh called for an emergency meeting of the Organising Committee's Executive Board, saying the allegations were "grave".

In a letter to OC chairman Kalmadi, Randhir, who is also the OC Vice-Chairman, said the meeting should be called immediately considering the gravity of the allegations.

"In pursuance to media reports about financial irregularities alleged in the Queen's Baton Relay at the Buckingham Palace, since the situation is grave, the discussion should be held immediately," Randhir said in his letter.

Randhir was supported by OC treasurer Anil Khanna and IOA vice-president V K Malhotra, who also wanted an immediate meeting to discuss all the unsavoury developments.

Kalmadi is said to have agreed to the demand and called a meeting of the Executive Board on August 5 but it could not be immediately confirmed.

A major scam hit the CWG OC on Friday when it came to light that a little-known UK firm was paid lakhs of pounds for its "services" during the London leg of the Queen's Baton relay.

Kalmadi had admitted that there was no contract under which payments were made to the company, which was roped in "at the last minute".

Kalmadi, who convened a press conference to clear the air, said the Indian High Commission had recommended the name of A M Films, and "if there is something wrong there, I am not responsible for it".

The OC is reported to have made a payment of nearly 4.50 lakh pounds for video equipment purchase while A M Films has claimed that it provided services of car hire, makeshift toilets, barriers and electricity.