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AAP govt needles Congress, orders probe into CWG project


New Delhi: In a double-barrel attack on outside supporter Congress, the AAP government in Delhi today ordered a probe into the street light purchase scam during the Commonwealth Games of 2010 in which former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s role had come under the scanner.

In the other decision further needling the Congress, the government, which survives on Congress support, recommended to the Lt Governor setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots with a time frame of one year to submit its report.

Quickly acting on the directive of the government, the Anti-Corruption Branch lodged an FIR in the street light project but did not name Dikshit who was indicted by the High Level Committee headed by former CAG V K Shunglu which had said that “unusual interest” was displayed by her in awarding the contract.

The CAG had also, in a report in 2011, observed that “the decision to use imported luminaries on selected category of roads was not based on technical parameters, but was taken with the active involvement of the Chief Minister; this resulted in avoidable expenditure of more than Rs 30 crore”.

The FIR invokes IPC provisions relating to cheating and criminal conspiracy and corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Sources said Dikshit’s name could be included at a later stage if necessary.