Kalmadi meets Reddy ahead of GoM meeting on Monday

first_imgThe Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Commonwealth Games will focus on how the Organising Committee spent the amount of Rs 1,600 crore given by the Centre at its first meeting in New Delhi on Monday after the conclusion of the mega sporting event.On the eve of the crucial meeting, the beleaguered OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday met Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, who also heads the Group, but details of the deliberations were not known.Kalmadi will be also present at the meeting.”He (Kalmadi) did meet me. It was a Dussehra festival greeting,” Reddy told PTI.Details of expenditure on a massive inventory of venue-specific overlays for the games, which were either hired or bought from foreign companies, will be also looked into at the meeting, official sources said. Some of the items were reported to be overcharged.Significantly, the Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) has asked the OC to retain in India for investigations a sample of each item of the equipment and props hired from foreign suppliers for the 17 Games venues.Kalmadi’s meeting comes a day after being snubbed by both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who didn’t invite him while felicitating the Indian medal winners of the Commonwealth Games.The Prime Minister had interacted with the medal winners on Friday, while Sonia Gandhi had called them to her residence yesterday but on both occasions, Kalmadi was left out.The Delhi Chief Minister had also said that the “suspicion” of corruption in the Commonwealth Games is on the Organising Committee headed by Kalmadi.advertisementDikshit said corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the Organising Committee to which the Central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore.She had said the “real corruption seems to be with regard to the money given as loans (to the OC)”.Kalmadi had come under fire in the controversial run-up to the Games, which was marked by a series of corruption charges, mismanagement, leaking roof and collapse of footbridge.The Prime Minister had set up a high-level committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu to probe the organising of the CWG.With inputs from PTIlast_img

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