New Delhi:  Although the Central government is yet to take action on the report submitted by the Shunglu Committee, which investigated irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, a UT cadre IAS officer of 1983 batch has sought permission from Cabinet Secretary KM Chandra Sekhar to file a defamation case against the panel for pointing out his name in the report.

According to reports, IAS officer Kewal Kumar Sharma is irked over the third report of Shunglu committee, which made comments on his function while he was posted with the Delhi Government’s Public Works Department as Principal Secretary.

Dismissing the comments, Sharma wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary seeking removal of his name from the report.

In an application to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sharma termed the one-member high level probe committee’s report as shallow. He stated that had been held responsible for laxity in the preparation for Commonwealth Games between 2003 and 2006, while he took over responsibility in the Delhi Government only in 2008.

Sharma said, “I have presented my viewpoint to the Cabinet Secretary and Ministry of Home Affairs and now they will decide the next course of action.”

“The committee held me responsible for Barapullah flyover and the delay in other Public Works Department’s projects but these projects picked momentum only after 2008,” he said, adding that the government gave permission for Barapullah flyover project in August 2008, while permission for Ring Road Bypass project was obtained from Lieutenant Governor only in December 2008.

It may be mentioned here that the Shunglu panel in its third report has directly held responsible all those officials related to preparation for Commonwealth Games’ for delay in the 76 infrastructure development projects, and it included Sharma’s name.

JPN/Bureau