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Cabinet Secretary cancels visit to Games office

Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar. Photo: Kamal Narang

Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar. Photo: Kamal Narang  

Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar on Saturday cancelled a visit to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee office but officials maintained it had nothing to do with the allegations of corruption against the OC.

An OC source said it was a routine visit meant to discuss the ongoing preparations for the October 3 to 14 Games here.

“It was a routine visit and the allegations of corruption have got nothing to do with the cancellation. He will come on other day,” the source said.

A major scam hit the Games after it was reported that a substantial sum of money was transferred to a little-known U.K. company from the Games Organising Committee (OC) about, which the British Government has raised questions.

Television channels reported that over 4.50 lakh pounds were transferred through a British bank to the A M Films company, said to be a one man show, which was also receiving 25,000 pounds a month.

Times Now quoted documents to show that the entire deal came to light when the OC asked for a VAT refund of 14,000 pounds in March this year for the payments made to the British company.

The channel quoted a letter of the British Revenue and Customs Department to the Indian High Commission stating that there was no written contract between the CWG and A M Films and that no tendering procedure has been followed and there was no paper work regarding the contract.

The OC is reported to have made a payment of nearly 2.5 lakh pounds for video equipment purchase while A M Films has claimed that it provided services of car hire, makeshift toilets, barriers and electricity.

Mr. Chandrashekhar held a review meeting on Friday, which was attended by secretaries of agencies concerned, including officials of the CWG Organising Committee, Youth and Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and Tourism Ministry.

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