All Games papers put under lock and key
Organising Committee officials will have to account for each rupee spent out of Rs 1600 crore. To ensure that those guilty of misappropriating funds are brought to book, all the files pertaining to the Games have been documented and locked in a room, that is now under the watchful eyes of a senior female bureaucrat. Vijaita Singh reports.delhi Updated: Oct 17, 2010 10:53 IST
To ensure that those guilty of misappropriating funds are brought to book, all the files pertaining to the Commonwealth Games have been documented and locked in a room, that is now under the watchful eyes of a senior female bureaucrat. The Organising Committee (OC) reportedly had a budget of R 1,600 crore and officials will have to account for each rupee spent.
On Saturday, all the 34 functional areas of the OC completed their file work and submitted them to Gurjyot Kaur — a joint secretary-level officer appointed as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) to look into the controversial deals. The files have been serially-numbered and kept in a room at the OC building on Jai Singh Road.
“All the files are in the custody of the officer and any agency that wants to probe the deals done during the Games can contact her for details and for inspection of documents,” said a senior official of the Organising Committee.
A nine-member Enforcement Directorate (ED) team has been constituted to investigate the dealings. A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer also visited the Organising Committee headquarters on Saturday.
The ceremonies team, that handled the opening and closing ceremonies, alone submitted 248 files. This also included the contract signed with the seven Bollywood artistes, including AR Rehman, who composed the theme song for the Games.
“A few weeks ago, the ED had asked us the details of the three deals, including the one linked to the Queen’s Baton relay in London,” said the official.
The documents would be photocopied and distributed among probe agencies on a need-to-know basis.
The ticketing mess will also be probed by the agencies. Several seats in stadiums were left vacant, even as the OC claimed that all the tickets have been sold.
On Friday, the OC had also issued a circular asking all the employees to complete their file work and barred them from taking any leave.