CWG scam: CAG report blames PMO for giving Kalmadi free hand

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) fiasco has blamed the prime minister’s office (PMO) for appointing Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of its organising committee (OC), sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.The report, which is yet to be tabled, holds the PMO responsible for overturning the 2004 decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to appoint the then sports minister as the head of the OC, sources added. Kalmadi was only supposed to be the vice-chairman of the OC.The CAG report claims that the PMO gave full reins to Kalmadi on expenses, enabling him to decide on the expenditure for CWG projects. The report says Kalmadi had control over nearly Rs 2,000 crore that was placed at the disposal of the OC.Besides the money directly controlled by the OC, the report says, Kalmadi had a major say in all infrastructure and other projects related to CWG. Many of these projects have been under scrutiny for shoddy construction, inflated costs and rigged tenders.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.last_img

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