Suspicion of graft is on CWG OC: Delhi CM

first_img(From right to left) Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna, Suresh Kalmadi, Organising Committee Chairman of XIX Commonwealth Games, and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the closing ceremony of the mega sporting event at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday evening. PTIDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the “suspicion” of corruption in the Commonwealth Games is on the Organising Committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi and welcomed the “instantaneous” probe ordered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which would clear the “cobwebs”.Dikshit said the corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the Organising Committee to which the Central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore.Boos for Kalmadi at CWG opener | Probe can spell trouble for Kalmadi | Kalmadi deflects blame on to others | Spl: CWG | WATCH VIDEOSonia Gandhi, who is seen with Rahul, met medallist sportspersons in Delhi on Saturday. PTIShe was of the view that Kalmadi, who is the target of attack over the mess that was witnessed in run up to the Games, had failed to “win confidence” of people.”We feel relieved and happy (at the successful Games). But what is disturbing is the corruption charges. They are very disturbing,” Dikshit said in an interaction with PTI journalists.”The fact that the Prime Minister has taken almost an instantaneous decision to order probe into the whole thing and have the picture ready by January, that I think is very heartening,” she said.The Prime Minister set up a high-level committee headed by former CAG V K Shunglu to probe the organising of the CWG, a day after the mega sporting event got over.advertisementDikshit, who answered a range of questions on CWG preparations and the controversies surrounding it, underlined that the allegations of corruption are “not going to be pushed under the carpet”.She said the “real corruption seems to be with regard to the money given as loans (to the OC)”.Noting that infrastructure development was the government’s job, the Chief Minister said the Centre had given “a number of loans (to OC) and that is where the real corruption is. There may have also been (corruption) in some government departments. I am not ruling that out.”Referring to probe ordered by the Prime Minister, she said, “I think only this committee which has been set up will be able to clear the cobwebs. At the moment the suspicion is very much on the OC.”PM, Sonia’s felicitation events were for medallists only: CongCongress on Saturday sought to distance itself from the issue of Kalmadi being left out of two felicitation programmes, saying only medal winners were invited to the events hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.”Only the medal winners had been invited and not the Organising Committee,” party spokesman Mohan Prakash said when asked why was Kalmadi not invited by Singh and Gandhi in their interaction with the medal-winning athletes.Prakash said that the government has already ordered a probe into the allegations of irregularities and corruption soon after the mega event was over.”The entire country and world have praised the hosting of the Games… But the government has also ordered an investigation into allegations of irregularities as per its commitment for transparency,” the spokesman said.Home Min, IAF at odds over UAV scare during CWGThe Indian Air Force and Home Ministry are at odds over an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that had been positioned over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October three.Home Ministry sources had let it be known that the UAV had come down below its specified height of 6,000 ft creating a security scare.However, IAF spokesperson Priya Joshi claimed in a press release on Saturday that the UAV maintained the designated height as per the Standard Operating Procedure and did not descend below 6,000 ft.The UAVs were put into operation for maintaining an aerial vigil during the 12-day sporting extravaganza.30 CWG medalists from Haryana to get Maruti carsThirty medalists of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) from Haryana and two others – Saina Nehwal and Sushil Kumar – having connection with the state would get Maruti cars.The 15 gold medalist from Haryana and Saina Nehwal and Sushil Kumar would also be given Maruti SX4 luxury cars of Maruti located in Gurgaon, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Saturday.Seven silver medalist players would be given Maruti Dzire and eight bronze medalists from the State of Haryana would be given Wagon R cars.advertisementAiyar claims hosting of CWG didn’t help Indian athletesIn New York, former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, arguably the most ardent critic of the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, still thinks India should not have hosted them, claiming that instead of offering more facilities to athletes, sports bodies were focusing on organising events.”My criticism is never ever with the Indian athletes, Instead I believe if this Commonwealth Games was to be held anywhere else we still would have won all the medals,” the Congress leader said.”In this game they have won (medals) not because they are provided with special facilities as a home team. They won in spite of the fact that the facilities which any home team expects from the games were denied to them owing to the incompetence of our sports officials and others connected with the organising committee,” he told a TV channel.Aiyar said the expenditure on the mega sporting event had gone up by four times than the annual budget of the rural health mission.With inputs from PTIlast_img

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