House panel puts Kalmadi, Bhujbal in dock for graft

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Public Accounts Committee has called for criminal action against tainted MP Suresh Kalmadi. Congress MP from Pune Suresh Kalmadi failed to provide proper proof of expenditure to the tune of Rs25.12 crore
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India TV News Desk March 01, 2014 11:46 IST
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Public Accounts Committee has called for criminal action against tainted MP Suresh Kalmadi.

Congress MP from Pune Suresh Kalmadi failed to provide proper proof of expenditure to the tune of Rs25.12 crore incurred by the Organising Committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Pune in 2008.

After tabling of the committee report, BJP MLA Girish Bapat, who heads the committee, said that the committee wants the government to requisition all original documents of expenditure and get them verified by the Accountant General and act on the committee's recommendations to initiate criminal action against the OC and Kalmadi.  

Bapat pointed out that the chief minister had given his nod to take criminal action about three months ago but no action has been taken yet.  

The PAC chief also wanted the government to get the documents examined by the Accountant General.

The panel also sought a probe by a state Special Investigation Team (SIT) and then by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into a construction project involving Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi and two other public buildings in Mumbai implemented by the state Public Works Department led by NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal.  

The panel alleged there was massive corruption and loss to state exchequer in a public-private partnership project involving construction of three government buildings.

In 2008-09, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had alleged that the project contractor K S Chamankar had made windfall gains while the state exchequer had incurred losses in it.  

Echoing CAG's findings, the PAC has now asked the state government to conduct an SIT probe in this regard.
 
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