New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting raids on Delhi Development Authority and Central Public Works Department officers in connection with laying of synthetic turf for lawn bowl event during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The raids are being carried out at 20 places in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
The searches are being conducted at residential and officials premises of DDA and CPWD officials along with those of Jubilee Sports Private Limited.
CNN-IBN had first exposed the scandal in the laying of the lawn tracks. The synthetic turf was built at a cost of around Rs 1.36 crore when it could have been done at just Rs 27 lakh.
Documents with CNN-IBN show lawn bowl track for National Games were built at a price of Rs 18.37 lakh but the same for Commonwealth Games have been built at Rs 1.35 crore.
The lawn bowl turf for National Games in Jharkhand was built by an Australian firm Greengauge Surface Ltd in 2005 for 24,500 pounds (Rs 18,37,500). Greengauge Surface Ltd is a firm which has been approved by the IOA as well.
But when in 2010 the National Games Committee wanted to build an indoor turf for lawn bowl, the organisers wrote to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to send the same company which had been awarded the contract for building the turf for the Games.
But the price quoted by the Delhi-based firm situated in Greater Kailash was Rs 1,35,20,000.
Seeing the huge increase over the initial cost the National Games Committee wrote back to the same Australian firm which had built the track in 2005. The Australian company quoted the price at Rs 27,19,500.
So while in 2005 a track for lawn bowl was constructed by an Australian firm for about Rs 18 lakh, in 2010 the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee got the lawn bowl track made for Rs 1.35 crore by a Delhi vendor.
Meanwhile, the CBI has also registered ninth case in connection with the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.