The AAP on Thursday directed the state government’s Anti-Corruption Branch to lodge an FIR to look into allegations of corruption in the streetlight installation project completed ahead of the CommonWealth Games 2010 at a cost of `90 crore.
Cabinet Minister Manish Sisodia said the state ACB had been directed to conduct a probe into the scam on the basis of findings of the Shunglu Committee as well as the CAG report in the CommonWealth Games -2010.
According to the Shunglu Committee report and the CAG report on the CommonWealth Games-2010, mailed by the Delhi CM’s office, the project for modernisation of Delhi streetlight system was conceived by the Delhi Government in June 2006, with plans to implement it across Delhi within two years.
Detailed lighting standards were prepared in November 2006 to be followed by all the departments concerned viz - Public Works Department (PWD), New Delhi Municipal Council(NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The project was executed on approximately 800 km of Delhi roads at a tendered cost of `286 crore.
The lighting standard provided only the technical performance of lamps and luminaries.
The PWD, while adopting the same specifications, stipulated the use of a mix of, imported and indigenous luminaries for different categories of roads.
In the process, it appears that there was an agreement between the vendors and some officials including, the then Chief Minister that caused a huge financial loss to the government and wrongful gain to the vendors,contractors and others, the report said.
SpaceAge Switch Gears Ltd submitted in July 2007 an Expression Of Interest (EOI) as a manufacturer of luminaries of international repute, and of poles in India.
The Board of Assessors (BoA) disqualified the firm in November 2007 because it could not obtain the required qualifying marks, due to non-supply of imported as well as indigenous fittings and non clarification of works done by their foreign concern.
On being disqualified by the BoA, the firm appealed in November 2007 to the then Chief Minister - Sheila Dikshit for inclusion as a tenderer for the work, the vendor’s plea to the Chief Minister was directly forwarded to the Electronic and Communication (EnC). The firm did not make any appeal to the BoA, chief secretary or any other higher authorities. Instead made it to the Chief Minister, who in turn marked it to Engineer-in-Chief directly and it was recommended.
Subsequently, a re-assessment of the eligibility of the firm was done by the BoA, who, this time, found the firm to be qualified.
The CAG Performance Audit Report on XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG 2010) found the following aspects of re-evaluation, leading to an increase in the score, as unreasonable.
Meanwhile, The State Cabinet on Thursday recommended the setting up of a SIT to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that would complete the duties it embarks on within one year of its formation.
The Aam Aadmi Party said that with this decision, the government would have fulfilled the promise made to the riot victims during the election campaign.