Swamy seeks probe into Games corruption

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has demanded that an open commission of inquiry be constituted to probe the allegations of “massive corruption” in the preparations for the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi in October.

“The inquiry should be done by a sitting Supreme Court Judge, with the CBI as its investigating arm. Whistle-blowers and the public should be invited to depose before the commission,” he told journalists here on Wednesday.

Dr. Swamy said an attempt was being made to protect some influential people involved in the corruption by making Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and chairman of the Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi scapegoats. He wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to show boldness, as corruption had reached ‘Himalayan heights,' bringing disgrace to the nation.

He opposed Dr. Singh's move to have dialogue with militants on granting Jammu and Kashmir more autonomy. “Under the basic structure of the Constitution, it is not possible to give more autonomy to Kashmir. If the government initiates talks with militants, it should impose a pre-condition that the militants accept Kashmir as an integral part of the country.”

“Dangerous trend”

Condemning attacks on journalists in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Swamy said a “dangerous trend” was prevailing in the State, where there was “no safety for journalists.” He wanted Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to protect press freedom by “acting against those who were intimidating journalists.”

“Pressure Colombo”

Dr. Swamy wanted India to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to amend its Constitution to devolve more powers on the Tamils. Simultaneously there must be a democratic Tamil movement in the island to safeguard the interest of Tamils.The Janata Party would fight the coming Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on the planks of Hindutva and fighting corruption. At present, it did not have an electoral alliance with any party. It would look for possible allies from October and finalise the list by January.

Party State president V.S. Chandraleka, a former IAS officer, described the Tamil Nadu government's decision to suspend IAS officer C. Umashankar as “vindictive.”

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