No indictment of PMO or Dikshit, asserts government (Lead)

August 8th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) The government asserted Monday that nobody in “high office” has been indicted in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Commonwealth Games (CWG) as the opposition stepped up its demand for the ouster of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over alleged irregularities in the sporting event.

The government also clarified that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was not “indicted” by the CAG report released Friday.

Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters that there was no indictment of the PMO in the CAG report on the CWG.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, who was flanked by Sibal and Law Minister Salman Khurshid at a joint press meet, also reiterated the statement.

“There is no indictment of anyone in the high office, leave aside that of Sheila Dikshit,” Soni said about the CAG report.

There are references (about Dikshit’s role in contracts relating to the Commonwealth Games), but references do not constitute an indictment, she stressed.

Sibal too, stressed that there was no “indictment” of Dikshit in the CAG report.

He said parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would examine the CAG report and the government would take a stand only after that.

Action will be taken against anybody, including Dikshit, if any wrong has been done. But there is a process, Sibal added.

The minister also appealed to the opposition to break the deadlock in parliament over the CWG issue and stressed that they had a responsibility towards the functioning of parliament.

Both houses of parliament were adjourned for the day Monday as the opposition pressed hard for Dikshit’s ouster.

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