Shunglu committee submits interim report to PMO on CWG mess

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Shunglu committee today submittedan interim report on alleged irregularities in awardingbroadcasting rights during Commonwealth Games to the PMO, evenas the term of the panel has been extended till March 31 tosubmit its full report.

Sources said that the committee in its interim reportdealt with the deal by public broabdcaster Prasar Bharti withUK-based SIS Live -- which had earlier come under the scannerof the Income Tax department regarding alleged violations oftax rules and subsequent evasion.

Further details of the report were not immediately known.

The PMO has extended the term of the panel till March 31.

The high-level committee was set up by the Prime MinisterManmohan Singh on October 25 last year and asked to submit itsreport within three months time.

The committee has collected CWG projects relateddocuments running into several thousands from differentcentral and state government departments and studying them toascertain the wrong doings.

Sources said that the panel is facing shortage ofmanpower to collect and compile its report and has soughtadditional hands from the PMO. Former Secretary of Departmentof Personnel and Training, Shantanu Consul, is also a memberof the high-powered panel.

Shunglu, a former Comptroller and Auditor General, wasnot available for comments.

Several projects done by Municipal Corporation ofDelhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), DelhiDevelopment Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD),Central Public Works Department (CPWD), RITES (a government ofIndia enterprise), Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministryand Games Organising Committee among others are under thescanner of enforcement, investigating and vigilance agenciesfor alleged bunglings.

The Central Vigilance Commission is enquiring intoover 30 complaints related to alleged corruption in Gamesrelated works. It includes overlays works, workforceselection, hiring of equipment and public relation relatedprojects executed by OC among others.

Besides, the Central Bureau of Investigation hasregistered four FIRs naming some of the close aides of OCchairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged criminal conspiracy andfinancial irregularities in executing the contracts.

CBI has also questioned Kalmadi and OC Secretary generalLalit Bhanot among others in connection with its cases.

I-T department and Enforcement Directorate are alsoinvolved in the investigations related to alleged financialirregularities in works related to mega sporting event heldhere between October 3-14 last year.

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