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Kalmadi, Bhanot sacked
Spl Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, JAN 24:
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Published on 25 Jan. 2011 3:07 AM IST
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Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s (OC) and his aide Lalit Bhanot, secretary general (OC) was Monday sacked from their posts following allegations of massive financial irregularities in holding the Commonwealth Games 2010.
The decision to sack Kalmadi and Bhanot was taken by the new union sports minister Ajay Maken after seeking legal advice from the Attorney General. “The government has decided Monday to remove Kalmadi ... and Bhanot ... with immediate effect,” Maken said in a statement.
The CBI had told Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar that Kalmadi and Bhanot should be removed as their continuance was hindering the probe into the conduct of the games. Maken, last week, said Jarnail Singh, CEO of the organising committee, would take charge.
“The move comes in light of the ongoing investigation by the CBI over allegations of corruption and irregularities in organization and conduct of Commonwealth Games and the concerns expressed by the CBI and in the interest of impartial and unhindered investigations,” he added.
“Kalmadi has been directed to hand over charge to Jarnail Singh, who is also a member of the executive board of the organising committee,” he said.
The move comes three months after the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games, clouded by allegations of corruption. The long-awaited decision comes while an inquiry into the conduct of the Games is on by the CBI.
A group of ministers appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon after the Games had decided that the ministry of sports will decide on ending the terms of the games panel.
The CBI registered three FIRs in the cases related to the mismanagement of Commonwealth Games funds.

 
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