Court asks CBI to clarify case against Dikshit

A CBI officer was on Tuesday asked by a Delhi court to appear before it to explain if any FIR has been registered on a complaint against chief minister Sheila Dikshit and others alleging their involvement in large-scale corruption during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi issued notice to CBI SP Meenu Chodhary to appear before him on November 27, holding that the communication received from the CBI is silent on whether any FIR has been registered by it on the complaint of RTI activist Vivek Garg.

“The communication does not indicate whether any FIR has been registered by the CBI in connection with the inquiry being undertaken...Issue notice in this regard for appearance of Meenu Chodhary for November 27,” said ACMM in his order.

Garg had filed a complaint against Dikshit, PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and former CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged corruption in various CWG projects to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police.

EOW had later told the court that it had forwarded the complaint to the CBI as it was already investigating various cases relating to the CWG. On September 26, the court had asked EOW to find out the status of the complaint forwarded to CBI. The investigating agency had said, “Matter related to the work of installation of CCTV at Thyagraj Stadium, Chhatrasal Stadium and Ludlow Castle Wrestling Stadium have not been looked into.”

“Further details and documents called from concerned departments are awaited. Inquiry shall be finalised after receipt of these details and documents,” the CBI said.

At this, the ACMM had observed that “the communication does not indicate whether any FIR has been registered by the CBI.”

No need for equipment

With home ministry blaming Delhi Police for excess procurement of 176 Portable Explosive Detectors for Commonwealth Games, the force has said it is “unfair” to hold it responsible for the purchase as it had “clearly” stated that it did not require the equipment.

Delhi Police have written to the ministry clarifying that it had informed ECIL, which was procuring the items, steering committee of the CWG special advisor and the home ministry that PEDs should be “deleted” from the list of equipment to be procured for the 2010 games, sources said.

The home ministry has told Parliament’s public accounts committee, which is looking into CAG report on irregularities in CWG, that the Delhi Police did not raise issues regarding the purchase of PEDs during the steering committee meetings during which decisions were taken.

The PAC had asked the ministry, “Why were the equipment procured when Delhi Police had refused to use them?”

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