was a contributory party and the Government was in no way involved. It is possible the company got further contracts from the CBI since they were considered cheapest and best.’’
In an emailed response, SM Productions said that “SM Group participated in a competitive bid to bag the event. S M Productions Pvt Ltd. is a company for Live Concerts and has not raised any bill to CBI. The bill raised for CBI day was from SM Group. CBI issued a cheque for Rs 12 lakh inclusive of service tax for CBI Day (At Home).”
Later, when asked about the terms of the “competitive bid,” she was unavailable for comment.
Incidentally, the CBI website which lists all “tender/auction” between November 2011 and June 2014 does not list any tenders called for event management.
Besides CBI, Qureshi’s daughter’s firm has handled various PSUs under the Ministry of Petroleum. It also handled the Doon School’s 1988 batch’s silver jubilee reunion in October 2013. Qureshi was the president of Doon School Old Boys Association till May 2014, a post he relinquished following the I-T probe.
The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.