CVC to come out with CWG project probe report

After its over a year of intensive probe, the Central Vigilance Commission has decided to make an exclusive report citing corruption and other grave irregularities allegedly done by government officials in executing Commonwealth Games related projects.

The report, which is in its final stage, will be completed within a month's time and carry minute details of thousands of works done by civic and construction government departments in the run up to the mega sporting event held in the national capital in October 2010.

"The report on Commonwealth Games is being prepared. It may take about a month to complete it," Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar told PTI.

He said the report will carry details of project and brief out irregularities.

"The report will give status of the probe undertaken by the Commission," Kumar, a former IPS officer, said.

The Commonwealth Games were marred by corruption charges against various private and government officials associated with the sporting event related works.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had formed a High Level Committee (HLC) under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to probe the graft charges.

The HLC had then submitted six detailed reports citing instances of managerial lapses and corruption. Country's top auditing body, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), has also come out with its report on the Games.

Based on various reports, the CBI has registered 15 FIRs in connection with the CWG scam.

Srikumar said the CVC report will be different from those by the HLC and CAG as it is aimed at quantifying the projects and loss to the exchequer.

"The report will be exhaustive and will be different. It will have details of all the probes related to the Games work undertaken by the Chief Technical Examination wing of the Commission," the Vigilance Commissioner said.

Asked whether the CVC report will be made public, Srikumar said, "It will be discussed with the Commission (comprising Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar) and then the decision will be taken."

According to a recent RTI reply, the anti-corruption watchdog had said it is looking into 58 cases of alleged graft and irregularities in CWG projects.

The CVC gave the response to an RTI query filed by PTI.

Of the total 58 cases, a maximum of 24 are related to Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, 11 to Ministry of Urban Development, nine to the Organising Committee, three each to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, among others.

One work each carried out by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Engineers India Limited (EIL) were also being investigated, the CVC had said.Both the HLC and CAG have found financial irregularities worth several thousand crores.

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