CWG scam: MS Gill, Sunil Dutt had warned PM on Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgFormer sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar wasn’t the only one to raise an alarm about Suresh Kalmadi. New revelations are bound to further embarrass the Prime Minister’s Office.   Former sports ministers M.S. Gill and the late Sunil Dutt had also red flagged the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief and his methods. In a letter dated September 26, 2007, Gill had pointed out the astonishing jump in costs for holding the Games and hinted at gross mismanagement. Gill had written, “At the time of the agreement, they were to be about Rs 200 crore. It is now something less than Rs 800 crore and we are coming to the Cabinet soon for something above Rs 1600 crore. In the past, the (Organising) Committee rarely met and generally endorsed post-facto decisions, taken in a highly centralised system.” As far back as 2004, late Sports Minister Sunil Dutt had lodged a strong protest against the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi, now sacked and languishing in jail. Dutt had written: “I was surprised to see newspaper reports about a resolution passed by Indian Olympic Association (lOA) regarding appointment of President, lOA as Chairman of the Organising Committee, which is at variance with the decisions taken in the GOM meeting.” Headlines Today had broadcast letters written by Aiyar, warning the PM of financial bungling by the Kalmadi-led OC. In the letter written on October 25, 2007 Aiyar had written: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC Chairman. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” Aiyar had even contested the PM’s claim that his objections were merely ideological. “Hope this refreshes his memory,” Aiyar said.  Caught in a bind, the then MoS in the PMO, tried to clear the air in vain. Prithivraj Chavan says, “I am not aware what Mani Shankar Aiyer has said. There are many things which are said. I would have to see what he had said. It was a courtesy meet. There were certain pending issues.” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said despite the letters, “the loot was on”. advertisementlast_img read more

November 28, 2019 0