PtG Article 26.10.2010

India announces that special Cell will look into CWG corruption claims

In an attempt to investigate the several corruption allegations made in the run up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), set up by the Indian government in 1964 to address governmental corruption, has formed a special Cell of senior officials, who are to look into these complaints of corruption.

The CVC has found alleged financial discrepancies in tenders floated by different government departments like Ministry of Sports, New Delhi Municipal Council, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Public Works Department and Delhi Development Authority among others.

“There has been a surge in the number of complaints related to alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games. Since the amount involved in the corruption is growing, we thought of opening a special cell to exclusively deal with it,” a CVC official, who did not wish to be identified, said.

Sources said the special cell is responsible for coordination and logical conclusion of the complaints besides speeding up the probe process. The Cell will remain operational till the Commission hands over its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed V.K. Shunglu Committee.

SOURCE: The Hindu