New Delhi: Reeling under the 2G scam, Devas deal and appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC, the investigation into the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is likely to create new problems for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as central auditors tracing the massive scam are knocking at his office. (JPN/Bureau)
On the basis of the audit report of CWG, the CAG has sent a questionnaire to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)and Cabinet Secretariat (CS).
Since the administrative hold of the CWG was in the hands of the CS as well as the PMO, the audit agency has sought information as to why this scam took place when the two offices were looking minutely into each detail.
Policy decisions of the CWG were in the hands of the Cabinet, while CS had the responsibility of administrative monitoring and both are function under the PMO with Singh at the helm of affairs. Under the administrative structure, it was difficult for Singh to keep himself away from the ongoing probe, the sources said.
There is complete silence in the PMO and CS over the CAG queries. However, few meetings have been held in the CS, which is witnessing a lot of turmoil.
Besides probing into the expenditure details of the Games, the CAG is also looking at pinning the administrative responsibility for the blatant lapses.
The CAG after going through all the documents related to the CWG has asked several questions from the PMO related to the administrative aspects that include the matters related to the formation of Organising Committee (OC) and working of the group of Central ministers looking after organization of the Games.
The OC was formed with the consent of the PMO and the CS and the decision of the Group of Ministers was changed and it is then that Sports Minister Sunil Dutt was replaced and Suresh Kalmadi was given the charge of the OC. Dainik Jagran has already reported that everybody in the government was aware of the developments.
The Union Cabinet Committee, which was formed prior to the hosting of the Games and was headed by its first president late Arjun Singh, was functioning under the PMO and the CS. During the Games, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy headed this committee, the functioning of this body and the effort it took to check the corrupt practices in the Games have also become the part of the probe.
During the Games, the PMO had monitored the preparations of the Games and directly intervened into it. Besides, the PMO had also given instructions for day-today monitoring of Cabinet arrangements looking at the delays and controversies related to the Games. The sources added that the CAG has sought all the details related to the monitoring also.
New Delhi: Reeling under the 2G scam, Devas deal and appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC, the investigation into the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is likely to create new problems for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as central auditors tracing the massive scam are knocking at his office.