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Dikshit, Gill refuse to comment on Kalmadi


Bhupendra Chaubey,CNN-IBN
Feb 26, 2011 at 12:07am IST

New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken is unlikely to attend the closing ceremony of National Games. The snub came a day after sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi attacked the Sports Ministry in an interview with CNN-IBN.

The Prime Minister is also unlikely to attend the closing ceremony, he had skipped the opening ceremony as well.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Kalmadi had said the CBI was ignoring government officials, including those from the Sports Ministry, who had approved key decisions along with the OC.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former union sports minister MS Gill have also ignored Kalmadi's outburst against them.

"I'm not going to comment on somebody else," said Sheila Dikshit.

MS Gill also refused to comment saying, "Ask the Sports Minister. I am the Statistics Minister now."

Suresh Kalmadi in a no-holds-barred interview to CNN-IBN on Thursday hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former sports minister MS Gill.

The beleagured IOA chief Kalmadi's main grouse is that there were several people involved in decision making in the OC including several bureaucrats, many of whom were directly appointed by the Prime Minister.

CEO of the OC Jarnail Singh has not been questioned even once.

Others include VK Gautam, an IAS officer Maharasthra who was made Chief Operating Officer from Maharashtra, Bharat Bhushan Kaura, another government officer, Rahul Bhatnagar from the sports ministry, who was part of the finance committee, Sindhushree Khullar, who is the Sports secretaryand also a member of the executive board and Sanjiv Kumar Mittal, who was the incharge of much maligned ticketing system.

Technically, before any file went up to Kalmadi for his sanction, it had been moved through several committees, in the TSR deal for instance, in which Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma are now in CBI custody.

On December 5, 2009, the entire file was sent to the Sports Ministry for its approval after a complaint was made against the manner in which the tender had been set.

On the December 17, 2009, it was the finance sub committee consiting of several bureaucrats, which came to the conclusion that even if there was to be a retendering, the deal would ultimately end up in favour of Omega itself. Two days later, on December 19, the executive board, consisting of top bureaucrats like Dr M Ramachandran from the urban development ministry, Sindhushree Khullar from the sports ministry and Rakesh Mehta, chief Secretary of Delhi met to look at the proposal.

So the moot pointis that will those who were chosen by the Prime Minister himself also be questioned? There has been considerable progress against members of the OC by investigators, but the role of those who were government appointees is yet to be probed.

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