Shunglu slams Kalmadi: Ran OC like a club
Shunglu Committee was appointed by none but the Prime Minister to look into rampant corruption relating to Common Wealth Games. The committee has submitted its altogether five reports, of which the last one that is the fifth one has indicted the organizing committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi. This news article bears only the name of Kalmadi in regards to corruption. Kalmadi treated the Organizing Committee as a personal club without having any accountability, because he utilized his power in such a fashion that all decisions were taken by him arbitrarily and then ratified by the executive board. In the 15 members board only three were required to fulfill the quorum is the rule of the OC Board, and four were the nominated members of the by the chairman. What a nonsense system was in place giving all the required opportunities to Kalmadi for corruption.
The committee’s report needs to be acted upon immediately, since many hurdles in the bureaucratic system would definitely delay the process as it is.
Lack of internal accountability, absolute power of hiring and firing and nepotism have been quoted by the committee as the reasons for Kalmadi to play with the power wrongfully, the report said. The foolish excuse of Kalmadi that all his decisions were approved by the executive board is now clear to us. Indeed he got the paper approval of the OC Board through havoc manipulation, and he thinks he would get away from the corruption charges easily. Recollecting the former telecom minister A Raja’s repeated statement that he followed the same rules that were followed in the BJP led NDA rule of the country. Raja could not save himself with this weightless excuse and the same would happen to Kalmadi, we hope.
Earlier reports pointed the fingers towards the Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit and Lt. Governor of the city, and now the organizing chairman Suresh Kalmadi and all these people belong to the same party that is party of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the congress party. It would be difficult for the PM to act honestly, as there would be undue pressure from the party for political reasons.