Oz run company denies reports that it won “dubious” contracts during Delhi CWG

April 4th, 2011 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 4 (ANI): An Australian-run company, EKS, has refuted a new report by India’s former auditor-general regarding corruption during the Delhi Commonwealth Games that said that the company was awarded “dubious” contracts.

The new report by V. K. Shunglu has alleged that EKS, a Swiss-based company run by Australian Craig McLatchey, had won “dubious” contracts never put to tender, with meetings faked and contracts for the same work awarded twice, The Age reports.

The report further said that police should investigate into the matter, and that criminal charges should be laid against those suspected of fraud.

McLatchey, a board member on the Sydney Olympics and a key player in the winning of the 2016 Olympics for Rio de Janeiro, has however denied any kind of wrongdoing on the part of EKS.

“EKS totally refutes … any notion of wrongdoing and reaffirms that it provided all of its services … in the best interests of those Games,” he said.

The 500 page report by Shunglu also paints a picture of a corrupt cabal where “many senior positions were filled up with persons of questionable integrity” and millions were wasted on inflated and wasteful bids, the paper said.

It also found that EKS had won contracts based solely on the recommendation of Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper, who personally intervened to ensure EKS won work, and of Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi Kalmadi.

It also claimed that contracts awarded to EKS and partners, worth more than 16.4 million dollars, were “dubious” and the work was “nothing but duplication of similar work already being provided by other agencies”. (ANI)

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