Games over, PM orders probe into CWG

Games over, PM orders probe into CWG

Sources told Deccan Herald that detention of some senior members of the Games Organising Committee may not be ruled out during the course of investigations. A sign of the government’s mood was evident on Friday as it did not invite CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi to a function where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met the medal-winning Indian players in the national capital.

Earlier in the day, indicating the government’s intentions, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said: “The success of the Games is one side of the story, but a natural corollary will  follow. The government has already said this and the government will follow it up.”
The sources said the CBI, the ED and the I-Tax department will be involved in the investigations. The Comptroller and Auditor General has in its interim report highlighted financial discrepancies in the CWG purchases. The probe agencies have drawn support from the CAG report, they said.

Sources said the CAG report, which will look in detail the audits of the CWG expenses, contracts, etc, is expected to be completed by January next and presented in Parliament during the budget session.

Since the charges of large-scale corruption were in the air much before the start of the Games, various investigating agencies have already documented “evidences” in various cases and are waiting for an official nod from the government.

The CBI is expected to start preliminary inquiries into various tendering processes for different projects meant for the CWG. The ED and I-T department will look into siphoning of “corruption money” to tax havens like Mauritius. “Over 30 cases could be filed in a fortnight once the government gives an official go-ahead,” a senior official said.

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