New Delhi:  After the arrest of sacked CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) actions have again invited criticism from all the quarters.

Adding fuel to fire is a letter written by former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2007. In the letter, Aiyar had informed the PM about the gross anomalies in administrative arrangements and financial allotments for the CWG.

In a blatant attack on Kalmadi, the former sports minister had accused him of violating all the norms. However, the PMO officials reportedly hid the letter in the files and Kalmadi was given a green signal to continue with the ‘unlawful activities’.

A copy of the three page letter written by Aiyar to the PM on October 25, 2007 is with Dainik Jagran. Notably, Manishankar was shunted out of the ministry for taking on Kalmadi.

Upset with corruption and high handedness of Kalmadi, Aiyar had sent several letters to the PMO but he did not receive any reply. In fact, Prime Minister’s Office repeatedly tried to mask his attempts to bring the scam to the fore.

Aiyar had also written a letter to PM’s Additional Secretary that he would initiate talks with Sonia Gandhi about the scam. But, his efforts to convince Gandhi too went in vain. His letter was not even considered and Kalmadi was allowed to draw profits.

Even the report tabled by the VK Shunglu Committee indicated about the letters written to the PM by Aiyar, but the panel also remained silent on the PMO’s role.

Earlier, Dainik Jagran had published Aiyar’s letter where he said the PMO played a pivotal role in taking the command of CWG from former sports minister Sunil Dutt and handed it to Suresh Kalmadi.

Aiyar wrote: “I am fed up with the way Kalmadi is treating my Sports Ministry and despite warning he repeatedly flouted the norms.” Aiyar also mentioned in his letter that “Kalmadi for his own gains wants to set up an executive board, which would include government officials so that no fingers can be raised against him”. Former Sports Minister also requested for the reconstitution of the Organising Committee and the Executive Board.

Aiyar’s letter becomes of prime importance as this was the first time when a minister had asked for PM’s intervention in his own department to curb corruption.

Reportedly, Aiyar was also hurt on Kalmadi’s comments in which he had compared the Sports Ministry authorities with cartoons. Kalmadi had also lashed out at the Sports Ministry for not coordinating with the CWG Organising Committee.

JPN/Bureau