New Delhi: In what could put the Congress-led government on a sticky wicket, the Congress high command was aware of the corruption cases during the preparation of Commonwealth Games as the letters shot off by the then Union Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar revealed.

Aiyar’s letters available with Dainik Jagran mention that information about the scam was known to all from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to 10 Janpath but the matter was kept under wraps.

Tired of repeated attempts to inform the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the irregularities, Aiyar had written a letter to PM’s additional secretary that he would initiate talks with the PM after detailing Sonia Gandhi about the graft. But, it seems that Gandhi too shrugged him off.

Even the report tabled by the VK Shunglu Committee indicates about the letters written to the PM by Aiyar but the committee intriguingly put the entire affairs aside. The panel, however, is silent on the PMO’s role.

Upset with corruption and high handedness of Suresh Kalmadi, Aiyar in 2007 had sent several letters to the PMO but nobody addressed his grievances.

Anguished Aiyar, on October 23, 2007, sent a letter to PM’s additional secretary Pulak Chatterjee that he wanted to meet Sonia Gandhi before his meeting with Manmohan Singh on October 25.

Aiyar also stated that his officers had been informing PMO and Cabinet secretariat for one year about the irregularities in preparation of Commonwealth Games.

According to his letters, the budget for games had excelled Rs 20, 000 crore by the end of 2007 itself. The letter reveals that Kalmadi had appointed Commonwealth Games Federation’s Mike Hooper as a consultant at higher salary.

The Shunglu committee has given negative remarks on Hooper’s role during games, sources said.

JPN/Bureau