Shunglu blames CWG OC for tardiness in executing contracts

Shunglu blames CWG OC for tardiness in executing contracts

New Delhi: The high-level Shunglu Committee has named CWG Organising Committee for delay in executing contracts for the mega sporting event which led to cost escalation.

In its recent report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Committee is understood to have found evidences of “collusive/partial bidding" and “manipulation of documents" in floating tenders.

Sources said the Shunglu panel has also questioned decisions of certain OC officials in finalising, floating and awarding number of contracts.

The report is understood to have found fault with giving overlays contracts, they said.

Sources privy to the Committee’s findings said that out of a total of 540 contracts that were to be completed by 2009, the OC had executed 37, which had led to supply of inferior quality products at highly-inflated rates. Remaining 503 contracts were carried out by the firms after January 2010, they said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on 25 October appointed the committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to look into alleged corruption and managerial lapses in conduct of the games here between 3-14 October last year.

The Shunglu Committee had on 31 January submitted its first report on alleged irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights for the event and recommended strict action against suspended chief executive officer of Prasar Bharti B S Lalli and former director general (Doordarshan) Aruna Sharma under relevant sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act for their alleged acts of omission and commission.

In its second and third reports on Games Village and City Infrastructure respectively, it has named Delhi lt governor Tejinder Khanna and chief minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged inadequacies.

The CBI, the CVC, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department are probing several cases related to financial and managerial bunglings in games-related projects carried out by the OC, civic and construction agencies like Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department and New Delhi Municipal Council among others.