New Delhi: A Congress member in Public Accounts Committee on Friday said former Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi should be called before the Parliamentary panel to hear him out while discussing the CAG report on the games irregularities.

Sanjay Nirupam made this "suggestion" when the PAC was discussing the CAG report on Commonwealth Games scam on Friday.

He said when the panel is discussing the issue, it should also summon him as a witness.

PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi, while refusing to take a call on the demand immediately, is learnt to have said that if Kalmadi is called, some others may also have to summoned as witnesses, including the CBI which has probed him.

He also said that calling Kalmadi may also lead to "many other situations", a member said quoting Joshi.

He said the Committee was looking into the financial aspects and not the criminal culpability as it was not its mandate.

Supporting Nirupam, B Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal) said it was necessary to call Kalmadi as a witness as he was the one who took several decisions with regard to the preparations of the Games held in October, 2010 in Delhi.

On April 25, 2011 after being questioned over alleged irregularities in the conduct of Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) held in London in 2009, CBI arrested Kalmadi under Sections 120 B and 420 (criminal conspiracy and cheating) of the Indian Penal Code in the alleged Time Scoring Equipment scam.

On January 18, 2012 Suresh Kalmadi was granted bail by the Delhi High Court after being in jail for 10 months.

Home Secretary R K Singh also appeared before PAC on Friday on the issue of installation and purchase of equipment by ECIL, which comes under the Department of Atomic Energy.

The equipment was part of the 'integrated security system.'

Singh told PAC that after the CAG report on irregularities in run up to the Commonwealth Games, a joint committee was set up to look into the contract awarded to ECIL to install surveillance and security equipment installed at the Games venues.

The committee also went into the issue of actual utilisation of gadgets procured by the company from abroad.

The CAG report had found a 'mismatch' in the rates mentioned in the customs list when the equipment was imported and the rates quoted by the ECIL.

ECIL had maintained that the CAG had only quoted the price of the equipment and not the human resources which went into installing it at the various venues.

The Home Ministry was responsible of overseeing the functioning related to ECIL and the NDMC in preparations to the Games.

Besides the Home Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and officials from the NDMC and Urban Development Ministry were also present as witnesses.

They are likely to be called once again to complete the depositions.


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