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CWG corruption trail: Tax evasion?

New Delhi: Fresh details have emerged of the multi-pronged probe launched by the government into allegations of massive corruption in organising the Commonwealth Games. One of the key agencies that is part of the probe is the Income Tax department, which paid a visit to the offices of the Organising Committee (OC) yesterday.

(Read: CWG audit has tough deadline)

NDTV has learnt that "it is scrutinising financial documents relating to the broadcast rights for the Commonwealth Games following charges of alleged tax evasion".

Sources say IT is also examining the terms of operations in the contract documents for the broadcast rights given to a London-based company.

(Watch: 3 months time for CWG audit)

The department has already carried out survey operations on the Indian arm of the London-based company and has found alleged discrepancies to the tune of crores of rupees in the tax statements of the company.

Sources said the department is also probing the financial and banking channels through which the money was paid to the company by the OC.

The Enforcement Directorate and the I-T department, which are working closely on this case, are also likely to issue summons to Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials soon.

Selection of tainted officers

  • Sources in the Central Vigilance Commission say that apart from the 11 major project tenders, which were awarded at artificially-hiked rates causing a loss of over Rs 500 crore, what is also being looked into is the selection of tainted project officers.
  • The selection of substandard medical equipment at exorbitant rates.
  • The tendering process for elements used in Indian leg of the Queen's Baton Relay like banners and signages and the Delhi Government has been asked to act on complaints regarding Queen's Baton Relay.
The BJP chief Nitin Gadkari has demanded that the investigation should focus on every aspect of the spending on the Games. Gadkari also claimed that he will reveal everything on the CWG corruption today.

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