In a move aimed at giving more teeth to the probe, the Centre has conferred the status of a Supreme Court judge on V.K. Shunglu, head of the high-level committee to go into the alleged financial irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games. Sources said that an order in this regard was issued so that the committee will have the authority to summon officials, inspect records and to look into all the official documents pertaining to the mega sporting event.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 15 constituted the committee to be headed by Mr. Shunglu, a former Comptroller and Auditor General, to investigate and report within three months its findings.
Besides, Shantanu Consul, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, has been appointed as a member of the committee, which he will assume after his retirement on October 30.
The committee, which has been given vast powers, will examine the “weaknesses in management, alleged misappropriation, irregularities, wasteful expenditure and wrongdoing in the conduct of the Games and recommend action”.
It would look into the role and responsibilities of the signatories to the Host City Contract and the overall implications of the obligations entered into through the contract, planning and execution of development projects related to the Games and contracts for service delivery, with reference to time, cost and quality.
It would also probe the issues relating to the effectiveness of the organisational structure and governance for organisation, preparation and conduct of the Games at all levels, including the Organising Committee and its key functional areas.
The Committee will also probe the role of international or national advisors/consultants/officials of the Organising Committee in conducting the Games.
It would assess overall impact of the Games for the city’s infrastructure, sports infrastructure and sports development, lessons learnt for the future, establishment of a mechanism for laying down time frames and effective monitoring, creation of a legally sustainable framework for hosting similar international sporting events, appropriate financial management and internal audit, media interaction and communication.
The Shunglu panel will also consider any complaint from public, duly supported by documents, concerning the conduct of the Games.