The cash-strapped Organising Committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games,held in Delhi last year,is out to recover every rupee that it claims is still with some of its former employees and have issued legal notices to some persons including a youth Congress leader.
The OC has slapped a legal notice on Youth Congress leader Alka Lamba who had accompanied the OC’s contingent for the Queens Baton Relay (QBR) to London in 2009,a year before the sporting event in New Delhi.
Lamba has,however,rubbished the allegation,saying it was a political game.
Jarnail Singh,CEO of the Committee said,She overspent Rs 26,000 more than the amount allotted to her. She never bothered to return the money. We have issued a legal notice in this matter. She was not found at her residence,so we decided to file a legal case against her in a civil court.
Asked about the charge against her by the OC,Lamba told Newsline,This is a political game against me. I have also slapped a counter legal notice against the OC. Its not the amount,the money is small but I do not want to end up paying for nothing. It was my right and I was entitled for the travel allowance. They first sanctioned the amount and now they are slapping legal notice.
Jarnail Singh added that in the past six months the OC has drawn up a list of 10 other employees who have not returned money.
The amount that these people owe to the OC may be nominal,but it is not right to usurp it. We are auditing our records and need to keep the accounts in order, he said.
Another official said they have sent a notice to the headquarters of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to trace Lamba,but did not get any response yet.
The OC has also sought an explanation from one of its employees who gave an order to reprint close to 50,000 certificates meant for players as they forgot to include the signature of Mike Fennell,Chief of Commonwealth Games Federation,and Suresh Kalmadi,then chairman of OC.
This negligence seemed deliberate. Close to Rs 6 lakh was wasted on it. Some people just disappeared with the money as if some kind of loot is going on, said a senior official.
The Committee has also sent a letter to one of its senior employees,Vijay Gautam,who continued to draw salary for 10 months,even though he was not reporting for work.