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Monday, July 4, 2011

CWG SCAM: Chidambaram never acknowledged my CWG letters on graft: Aiyar!


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4 JUL, 2011, 04.32PM IST,IANS / eCONOMIC tIMES. 

NEW DELHI: Former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has blamed former finance minister P. Chidambaram for not taking cognizance of his letters that warned about alleged embezzlement of funds earmarked for the Commonwealth Games. 

Aiyar said that he wrote several letters to Chidambaram, who is now the home minister , but never got any acknowledgement . 

"I don't know that these letters went to the finance minister at all," Aiyar told CNN-IBN. "But after one meeting of the group of ministers, where my insistence on observing the general financial rules (GFR) was overruled by the finance minister himself, I did write to Chidambaram." 

Aiyar said that in the letter he also asked the finance minister to directly release the funds instead of the sports ministry doing so. 

"In that letter, I did say because I was so upset with the situation that instead of the sports ministry being asked to release these grants in violation of the GFR to Suresh Kalmadi-led Organising Committee , why not the finance ministry itself does it?" he said. 

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