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Mar 22, 2011 at 10:34pm IST

Maken orders probe into National Games scam

New Delhi: A day after CNN-IBN exposed the scam brewing in the organisation of just concluded National Games in Jharkhand, the Government at the Centre being compelled to act. Sports Minister Ajay Maken promised that the guilty won't be spared.

"Questions must be asked about the IOA and the Jharkhand government," said Ajay Maken.

The documents, which all are part of a complaint, were already submitted before the Jharkhand High Court. From tennis balls to javelins to time scoring devices, most purchases of sporting equipment are now under the scanner. The state vigilance department has even ordered an enquiry.

But there is a full blown blame game now being played out between the Indian Olympic Association, the National Games Organising Committee and the Jharkhand state government on fixing accountability.

Suresh Kalmadi-headed IOA contends that a three-member committee had been set up to work out the list of equipment needed with national federations. Kalmadi's key aide Lalit Bhanot was one of the members of the committee.

Bhanot now is in CBI custody for his alleged involvement in TSR scam during the Commonwealth Games.

"I am working on a draft legislation to see to it that problems arising out of sporting federations are sorted out," said Ajay Maken.

Jharkhand's vigilance department is now trying to work out exactly how money was being made on purchase of sporting equipment. Hopefully, the wait for justice will not be a long one.

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