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The Fraud Watch: January 2011

Commonwealth Games scam

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The Central Vigilance Commission is investigating 18 new projects related to alleged irregularities in organizing the CWG, including fraud in the sale of tickets.

Fresh evidence seems to have been unearthed on the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly collected concrete documentary evidence against CWG’s organizing committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi that purportedly establishes his dominant role in the Queen's Baton relay controversy.

Although an FIR was filed against Kalmadi’s close aides, leading to their subsequent arrest, the CBI did not include Kalmadi’s name in the FIR. Kalmadi claimed that neither the CBI nor any other official body had summoned him. This seems incredible, since there is sufficient proof of his financial irregularities.

Moreover, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is investigating 18 new projects related to alleged irregularities in organizing the CWG, including fraud in the sale of tickets. The CVC had previously indicated that it was probing at least 22 CWG-related construction and procurement projects, which had been implemented by different government agencies, for alleged financial irregularities.



Sources: “Suresh Kalmadi may be arrested soon: CBI source,” Hindustan Times website, www.hindustantimes.com, accessed 26 November 2010; “CVC widens its probe into Games corruption,” Hindustan Times website, www.hindustantimes.com, accessed 26 November 2010.
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