CWG scam: Kejriwal govt orders FIR against Sheila Dikshit
06 February 2014
The AAP government in Delhi has moved the files relating to the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), initiating the process of filing and FIR against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and subsequent enquiry into the murky dealings.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is under pressure over any action against the previous Congress government in Delhi over the CWG scam since the Aam Aadmi Party is in the government because of support from the Congress.
"The chief minister has already moved the files to the ACB which means that an FIR will now be filed against Sheila Dikshit," reports quoting official sources said.
The Delhi administration is alleged to have committed several irregularities in the procurement of items and award of contracts at inflated prices in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games when Sheila Dikshit was the chief minister.
Leaked report of the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG on the CWG scam is believed to have identified at least one contracting firm, Space Age Switchgear, which was disqualifed for bidding for street lighting by the PWD, was later re-inducted in the vendors' list for street-lighting "irregularly", allegedly, at the instructions of the Delhi chief minister.
Besides the excess expenditure of Rs31.07 crore on street lighting by MCD, NDMC and PWD, the CAG has cited several other instances of wasteful expenditure by the Delhi government and civic agencies amounting to over Rs100 crore on street-scaping.
The ACB would probe the alleged irregularities in the procurement of street lights at inflated prices.
The Shunglu Committee appointed by the prime minister had blamed Sheila Dikshit and the then Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna for procedural violations and inadequacies in executing projects related to the Commonwealth Games.
The PMO, however, has refused to disclose information on action taken on suggestions made by the Shunglu panel.
Meanwhile, the AAP government had sought President Pranab Mukherjee's consent for proceeding against Sheila Dikshit over the issue of regularising Delhi's unauthorised colonies to gain political mileage.