Dikshit did not influence decision on CWG contract: Official

August 4th, 2011 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) In the wake of a leaked Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report indicting Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of irregularities in award of contracts for the Commonwealth Games, state Chief Secretary P.K. Tripathi Thursday said she had not influenced the decision to give the contract to lift debris from the city to a particular company.

Ecosmart, a division of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS;), was given the contract to lift debris from the city during the preparation of the Commonwealth Games.

“This was the only company which was capable of lifting all the debris from the entire city and the decision was taken because the honour of the country was at stake,” Tripathi said.

“It is baseless that Sheila Dikshit gave the direction to give the contract to this company. Whatever decision had been taken in the administration was right. This company was already working in three zones of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),” he added.

Besides lifting debris from the city, Ecosmart also has the specialisation to recycle waste material, Tripathi said.

Replying to allegations that Dikshit’s relatives were in the company, he said: “Her relative was not part of the board of directors which is the decision-making part of the company.”

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