Shunglu report lays sticky wicket for PM

Written by Nistula Hebbar | Nistula Hebbar | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 30 2011, 09:19am hrs
The Shunglu committee report looking into cases of graft with regard to the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi last year seems to have put Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a difficult position. The committee, which had been appointed by the Prime Minister had indicted Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt governor Tejinder Khanna in one its reports, which got leaked to the media.

Dikshit, at a meeting on Monday with the Prime Minister had complained that although papers and documents had been requisitioned by the committee but she had not been asked for any explanations or counter arguments to the conclusions reached by the committee.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said that the Prime Minister was concerned that the course of natural justice should not be obstructed when it came to this investigation. Neither Dikshit nor Khanna had been asked for any explanation by the committee, and everyday leaks of the report was also very damaging, said a top official there.

The Delhi government meanwhile in its Cabinet meeting on Tuesday rejected the findings of the report pertaining to it. In an interview to PTI, Sheila Dikshit said, If there is an instance of corruption against me, I certainly would be the first person to question myself...It was not my duty to go to project sites at midnight or 2 o'clock or 3 o'clock in the morning. I did everything possible so that India's image is not affected.

Broadly our observation is that some conclusions have been arrived at without adequate support of facts.

Assumptions, presumptions have come. Secondly the report contradicts itself. Show us a case of corruption. Just show us that this was a corrupt practice. We will take action.

On Tuesday again, some findings of the Shunglu committee have found their way to the public domain, with the report allegedly indicting CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi in irregularities with regard to the bidding process of various equipment.

The committee alleged that there was manipulation of documents and tender process to benefit some while leave other firms out of the process.