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Sep 29, 2010 at 09:00pm IST

SC raps govt for rampant corruption in Games

New Delhi: The government has come fire for the Commonwealth Games mess. The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the government, saying Rs 70,000 crore was spent on the Games, which can turn into personal wealth for some.

The apex court also observed that rampant corruption marred the preparations. Also payments were made before the work was actually completed. The court also referred to the collapse of the foot overbridge.

The Supreme Court castigated the government for the collapse of the foot overbridge "like a pack of cards" near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

SC raps govt for rampant corruption in Games

The court said payments were made before the work was completed and also referred to the collapse of the foot overbridge.

"In this country, payments are made without work being done. Newly constructed bridge collapsed like a pack of cards. Rs 70,000 crore are involved (in the Games). There is rampant corruption in the country. We cannot shut our eyes," a Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.

"Till October 15, Commonwealth is a public purpose. Thereafter, everything will become private purpose," said the Bench expressing anguish over the collapse of the pedestrian bridge near the Nehru Stadium, main venue of the Games, earlier this month, just days after it was completed.

The Bench made the remarks during the hearing of a matter in which it was alleged that NDMC constructed a high-rise building near the protected monument, Jantar Mantar.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) alleged the building of NDMC was built by ignoring law, which prohibits such construction within 100 metres of the monument.

During the hearing, it was also pointed out that other buildings have also been allowed to come near the vicinity of Jantar Mantar.

"How mindless and lawless are you? No regard for history, no regard for Constitution. There is a totally unethical government with no moral values. Money is the only thing that matters. Why don't you convert Jantar Mantar into a hotel or a mall and India will shine?" said the Bench.

The Bench was hearing the petition filed by the ASI in 2006.

With PTI inputs

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