Saturday, October 31, 2009

RTI information shows Punjab Governor influenced CBI probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken a U-turn in the case of the purchase of sports items at exorbitant rates following a communication from Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd). The report is based on an inquiry regarding the purchase of sports items worth approximately Rs 2 crore without tender and in contravention of rules. The earlier report of the premier investigating agency had sought the registration of a regular case against three top officials for the questionable purchase.

Another report had later said “it would be difficult to establish that the equipment was purchased at exorbitant rates or undue gain was provided to the supplier by the officer concerned by using their official position”. The preliminary report had indicted three top officials, S.K. Sandhu, secretary, sports, I.S. Sandhu, director, and J.P.S. Sidhu, joint director, seeking the registration of a regular case. The case had been highlighted by the Burning Brains Society earlier, which complained to the CBI about the scam in Chandigarh’s sports department.

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