Kalmadi, Lalli in Shunglu panel glare over CWG broadcasting rights

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi appears to be in for more trouble after the Shunglu Committee submitted an interim report on Monday on the irregularities in awarding broadcast rights for the Commonwealth Games.According to top government sources, the sacked Organising Committee chief is likely to come under spotlight because of his alleged links with contractors “favoured” with broadcast rights.It is learnt that the committee, which submitted the interim report to the Prime Minister’s Office, has squarely blamed the suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B. S. Lalli for causing a loss worth Rs 135 crore to the exchequer.Lalli has been accused of favouring private firms in awarding broadcast contracts for the 14-day sports extravaganza. Lalli is already under suspension on charges of financial irregularities in other cases related to Prasar Bharti.Officials said the heat on Lalli will also singe Kalmadi as his name has been linked to contractors who outsourced their work.Prasar Bharati gave a contract worth Rs 246 crore to SIS Live, which is in turn being accused of subletting it to Zoom Communications.Zoom Communications got the contract for Rs 177 crore but did work for only Rs 111 crore.Probing these contractors and the opening of the files is likely to lead to Kalmadi’s doors, the officials added.During the course of investigation, Kalmadi may be grilled extensively on the contract terms and whether there were any links of the ” favoured” contractors with Kalmadi or any of his close family members and friends.The panel led by former comptroller and auditor general V. K. Shunglu is racing against time to collaborate and compile all documents related to projects executed by various departments in the run up to the mega sporting event held in October 2010.advertisementThe term of the Shunglu panel has been extended till March 31 to allow it to submit a full report on financial irregularities relating to the Games.The panel’s final report will also look into the alleged bungling in awarding of contracts by several government agencies such as the MCD, the NDMC, the DDA, the PWD, the CPWD among others.last_img

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