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Delhi Govt. to respond with a point-by-point rebuttal over Shunglu report


March 29, 2011 - New Delhi

Commenting on the severe indictment by V. K. Shunglu-led high-level committee probing delays and irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that the government will soon respond with a point-by-point rebuttal.

Dikshit said the report was submitted to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) without her knowledge, and the government would now reply in a similar fashion.

"We are in the process of making a three member committee of secretaries who will study the report in detail and will reply to the points. PMO has said that we must do this and they agree with what we are doing. The committee submitted the report to PMO without our knowledge, and therefore we will as well give the response on the website within the next few hours," she said.

Dikshit discussed the panel's report with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday, when she met him to present a copy of the state budget.

Dikshit said the report does not make any charge against Delhi and only raises some questions that would be answered.

"Actually, the report has not raised any specific issue. They have asked why did we put up such lights, or about increasing greenery, why was the Barapullah Flyover made. There is no charge in the report. But the fact is that questions have been raised and it is our right to answer to them," said Dikshit.

In its report submitted to the PMO, the Shunglu panel, blamed Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee and certain officials for delay in executing contracts for the games.

The Shunglu panel has also questioned 'delays' in executing number of contracts.

The panel headed by V.K.Shunglu had on January 31 submitted its first report on alleged irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights during the sporting extravaganza 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 act of omission and commission.

Both Lalli, a 1971-batch IAS officer, and Sharma (1982 batch IAS officer of MP cadre) are facing allegations of irregularities in the Rs.246 crore deal struck by public broadcasting body which included the controversial decision to give the contract for broadcast of the Games to a UK-based firm SIS Live.

The second and third report submitted by the Committee on the Games Village and the city's infrastructure has indicted Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejinder Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, among several others, for delays and losses in projects related to the 2010 Games.

ANI

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