Monday, October 25, 2010

What transpired in PM-Shunglu meet? Panel members to be named this week

THE exact terms and references, and also the members of the VK Shunglu panel, investigating alleged financial irregularities in just-concluded Delhi Commonwealth Games, are likely to be announced this week. The broad consensus took place when Shunglu, a former CAG, met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday. Principal adviser to PM, TKA Nair and cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar were also present during the meeting. According to reports, Shunglu had a preliminary meeting with Nair to finalize the broad contours of the probe before he met with the PM.
India’s largest opposition party, BJP, wants Shunglu committee to probe the alleged role of PMO in addition to demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the matter. BJP president Nitin Gadkari had earlier said in a press conference that he had enough evidences to substantiate his claim that PMO too had a role in the scam, but his comments were widely criticized by analysts as “irresponsible”.
Shunglu committee has been asked to submit its report in three months. A number of government agencies including CVC, CBI, ED and the Income Tax department have launched their independent investigations once the Games were over.
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