BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday suggested a two-tier investigation into the Commonwealth Games-related corruption.

Addressing journalists here, he said a joint parliamentary committee could look at the role of various ministries and the Prime Minister's Office, and a high-power panel, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, could ensure that various agencies involved in the CWG work submitted themselves to a probe by this committee.

Asked what action his party would take against BJP workers or leaders found guilty of corruption, he said: “I have already said whoever is involved, let him be investigated. Let the government raid those it thinks are guilty… if a BJP member is found involved in any scam, we will take strong action.”

He pointed out that the 35-member Organising Committee included Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal and young Congressmen Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sandeep Dikshit and Jitin Prasad as its members. He said that Vijay Goel of the BJP had consistently submitted dissent notes on decisions taken, Mr. Gadkari said.

Defending Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, the BJP president said he did not have the power to sanction “even one rupee.”

At the same time, Mr. Gadkari mentioned the Shunglu Committee already set up by the Centre for a thorough investigation and the ongoing inquiries by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Central Vigilance Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor-General and Revenue Intelligence. “All the [existing] inquiries must be expedited to reach some logical conclusion at the earliest so that the guilty can be punished without any further delay,” he said.


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