Thursday, February 24, 2011

Agencies targeting only CWG OC officials: Kalmadi

Ranchi, February 24, 2011

A day after the arrest of two of his close aides, sacked Commonwealth Games OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi today accused the investigating agencies of "targeting" only the Organising Committee when government officials were also part of the entire decision-making process.

He expressed shock and displeasure over the way the entire matter has been handled by the investigating agencies when all the documents pertaining to the conduct of the Games were with them.

Asked whether he anticipated arrest any time, Kalmadi ended a press conference abruptly saying "Let's see".

He repeated his demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the conduct of the Games and said law should take its course.

Former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and Director General V. K. Verma were yesterday arrested by the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs. 107 crore deal inked with a Swiss timing firm.

"Only officials of the Organising Committee are being called for questioning by the investigative agencies. The entire process seems to be against the officials who have worked with the Organising Committee for many years. No decision related to the Games was taken alone by anyone. So I am shocked that investigative agencies are only calling the officers of the organising committee and that no government officers have so far been called by them," said Mr. Kalmadi.

Mr. Kalmadi, also the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president, said that all the decisions had been approved by the Executive Board, consisting of senior Central and Delhi government officers.

"I would like to state that all the decisions had been made by the members of the executive board and not alone by the OC members. It's not the decision made by any individual.

Nowhere decisions were made by the members of the OC. There was the finance sub-committee, finance committee and the executive board. They all have senior government officers.

They all were participatory in the decision-making process.

"The executive board (of the Organising Committee) comprised two officers from government of India, two from Delhi government, three officials from Commonwealth federations and then IOA people, including myself and Ranbir. So it was a very balanced team, and all decisions have been taken unanimously," Mr. Kalmadi said.

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