New Delhi: Though the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) has added weight to the assertion of large scale administrative failure in the run up to the Games, a fact highlighted by the Shunglu Committee probing the CWG scam, the top auditing body of the country has indirectly questioned the conclusions of the Shunglu panel on several counts.

While the Shunglu panel had held the sacked Chairman of the CWG organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi entirely responsible for the mess and had given a clean chit to Prime Minister Office (PMO), the CAG has come down heavily on the role of PMO, especially for appointing Kalmadi as the CWG-OC chief.

Action on the report of the Shunglu panel would now get expedited as the CAG has come up with more detailed findings about the role of Kalmadi in arbitrary allotment of contract, overlay and escalation of expenditure due to delay in completing projects.

It is noteworthy that the Shunglu panel in its probe was mum about the role of PMO in appointment of Kalmadi. Moreover, it had indicted Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit indirectly and that too on ethical grounds.

CAG report has been very direct about the role of both PMO and Sheila Dikshit in the entire episode. Citing letters of former Sports Minister Sunil Dutt and Mani Shankar Aiyar, the CAG has established that Kalmadi had all the backing from the Central government.

The CAG report has also indicted Delhi Lieutenant Governor for his role in procurement of TETRA network despite objections from the Delhi Police.

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