National Games Secretariate CEO welcomes any type of probe

Friday, Feb 6, 2015,21:00 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | National Games Secretariate CEO Jacob Punnoose today welcomed any type of probe into the alleged lapses and corruption in the conduct of the Games now underway in Kerala.
However, Punnoose, a former Director General of Police, warned that baseless charges would only weaken the morale of persons working for the success of the event and a situation would even arise wherein the Games would come to a standstill.
Already persons connected with the conduct of the Games were reluctant to attend meetings and sign orders, Punnoose told reporters here.
Seeking co-operation of all for the smooth conduct of the Games, he said: I am only asking for 10 more days for the completion of the Games and after that we are ready for any form of examination.
Probe can be by CBI, Vigilance or by an Assembly committee, we are ready for it. All things have happened in a transparent manner and no irregularities have taken place, he said.
Punnoose, however, admitted that Secretariate had certain limitations as it got only very short period for making the arrangements. But limitations should not be construed as lapses and corruption, he said.
Suspicion was natural when an event like this was held due to the past experiences of conducting Commonwealth Games and last National Games in Jarkhand, he said adding it was very unfortunate to mark out all as accused even before doubts were cleared.
On reports that CBI had already started preliminary probe into the allegations, Punnoose said He was not aware of it, but added that even if CBI have began such a probe it would be secret.
Punnoose said sportspersons and officials conducting the events were very satisfied with the arrangements in the venues. There was no complaint from any persons on the arrangements, he said.
Giving details of the funds for the conduct of the Games, he said the total budget amount of Rs 611.33 crore include the construction and upgradation cost of stadia and only Rs 126 crore was for the conduct of the Games.
Stating that strict financial discipline has been maintained to keep the expenses within the budget, he said the allegation of lavish spending was baseless.
Asked about the decision of CPI(M) to pull out all its members from various committees of the event, Punnoose said that they quit fearing corruption charges and not because any actual irregularities.
I have not received any letter from these persons who said that they were resigning by pointing out an act of corruption or irregularities, Punnoose added.