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Faced CBI in IFFI scam: Goa CM

Posted on Feb 20, 07:34PM | IBNS

By John Edwards, Panaji, Feb 20 : Defending Rajkumar Sacheti's appointment as advisor for Lusofonia Games, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that he too was being investigated for his alleged role in the 2004 International Film Festival of India (IFFI) case, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The Central Vigilance Commission is investigating Sacheti's alleged involvement in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

He is a close aide of Suresh Kalmadi, who was sacked as CWG organising committee (OC) chairman.

Parrikar however said in the same breath that he was not certifying Sacheti.

"He is only being investigated for his alleged role in the fraud. I was investigated by CBI. So what?" he said as he replied to a media question after cabinet briefing on Wednesday.

"According to my information he is neither chargesheeted nor accused. In future if he is accused or charge-sheeted, we will take action," said Parrikar, who is chairing the Losofonia Games Organising Committee after the resignation of North MP Shripad Naik.

Sacheti, the chief minister clarified, is appointed as advisor and not decision making authority.

Congress has come down heavily on the government for appointing the tainted official for the Lusofonia Games and alleged Naik's resignation due to political difference within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).