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2G Spectrum Scam: CAG questions Kalmadi's role as OC chairman!

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August 5, 2011 / IANS, New Delhi / DC.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Friday raised questions on the role of controversial Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

The CAG blamed Kalmadi virtually for every contract for equipment, sponsorship, broadcast rights and catering, which were given at over-inflated rates.

The CAG said that the constitution of an unwieldy 400-plus general body of members of the OC, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the HCC (Host City Contract), did not result in any significant benefit or value addition to the Games Project.

"The bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a Government-owned registered society, with the Chairman of the OC Executive Board (EB) being a government appointee, and the IOA President being the EB Vice-Chairman. However, the OC was ultimately set up as a non-Government registered society, with the IOA President, Suresh Kalmadi as the Chairman of the OC EB. This change was orchestrated through a chronology of events, commencing with a document titled as an 'updated bid' with the dateline of December 2003," the report said.

"These changes were objected to, and highlighted, by the erstwhile Minister, YAS (Youth Affairs and Sports), late Sunil Dutt in November 2004 in correspondence with Arjun Singh (Chairman, GoM) and the Prime Minister. These objections were ignored, and Kalmadi's views prevailed. In our view, the decision to appoint Kalmadi as the OC Chairman, based on a PMO recommendation, facilitated the conversion of the originally envisaged Government-owned OC into a body outside Governmental control, without commensurate accountability to Government and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency. This was despite full financial guarantee and funding from Government," CAG noted.

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