NEW DELHI: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking removal of Suresh Kalmadi from the post of Chairman of the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games which are plagued by allegations of rampant corruption.
A petition, filed by a retired IAS officer Mr Arun Bhatia and ten others on Friday, has also prayed to the Court to remove the entire Organising Committee and the Commonwealth Games should be organised by a new committee which may be appointed by the Court.
The petitioners have also contended that the scale of corruption besides the status of those indicted and their political linkages, call for the intervention of the highest judicial body of the country.
The petition further alleges that the corruption pertains to a lack of transparency in inviting tenders, violation of basic tender procedures and established and reputed firms not being allowed to bid even after their offer of undertaking of building up the basic infrastructure for the October Commonwealth Games.
The petitioners, from Pune in Maharashtra, have urged the apex court to order physical audit of work by an independent agency immediately.
Work measurement and checking compliance to contract specification should be done by private engineers and not by retired government engineers and the engineers who are in government job.
The petition has also demanded that records of tenders and work measurements having an expenditure of over rupees one lakh should be sealed forthwith and be placed in safe custody.
Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi, who is from Maharashtra, is facing serious allegations of corruption in organising the Games and there have been reports that more than Rs 30,000 crore have already been spent and the services and materials are being hired and purchased at exorbitant prices.