Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:21:30 GMT

Claiming fraud & favour in Games rentals, CVC to CBI: begin probe

New Delhi: An almost 200% cost over-run on the rental of Commonwealth Games overlays (temporary fittings, installations) taking the cost from Rs 221.18 crore to Rs 668.49 crore.


Claiming fraud & favour in Games rentals, CVC to CBI: begin probe

  • "Inflated" contracts to firms that didn't meet eligibility criteria.
  • Different rates for the same set of items -- the difference in some cases being more than 300%.
  • For example, varied rates for the same furniture and fixtures. Cupboard used in "FOH (front of house)" were hired for Rs 15,746 for the Games period while those for "BOH (back of house)" for Rs 8,342. Same was done with chairs and refrigerators.

These are among a string of discrepancies highlighted by the Central Vigilance Commission which completed its probe and handed over its latest report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today with directions to register a Preliminary Enquiry.

The CVC probe, carried out over two months by a team led by the agency's Chief Technical Examiner, investigated overlays contracts to four foreign firms and said that it faced "non-cooperation" from the Organising Committee.
The four firms are Pico Deepali Overlays Consortium; Nussli (Switzerland); ESAJV, D Art, Indo Consortium and GL - Meroform, France.

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