CWG: Kalmadi lands in National Games mess

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Suresh Kalmadi
New Delhi, Aug 13: Suresh Kalmadi Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is under fire and being accused of irregularities in the purchase of sporting equipment for National Games in Jharkhand.

As per reports, Congress leader RK Anand has accused Kalmadi of favouring a particular private firm and directing National Games organisers to buy video screens at prices which are four times higher than their actual price.

The controversy is related to purchase of video screens and electronic scoreboards for National Games.

CNN-IBN has a copy of a hand written note made by National Games Organising Secretary SM Hashmi stating that the list of equipment has been provided by the IOA President and a discussion was held with him in Delhi.

"Secretary General, IOA formed a committee on 12th December 2007 for finalising the list of equipment. The committee in consultation with the National Federations finalised the list of equipment and sent to the NGOC in Jharkhand in April 2008," the statement says.

Kalmadi's woes could increase as CNN-IBN has a copy of a report prepared by the Principal Accountant General of Jharkhand stating clearly that serious omissions and commissions have taken place in financial dealings for the Games.

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