Organiser of 2010 Commonwealth Games arrested

Indian officials arrested the chief organiser of last year’s Commonwealth Games on Monday as part of a corruption investigation into the scandal-plagued competition in New Delhi.

India had hoped that the Games would help it project the image of a rising superpower, but instead it was deeply embarrassed by corruption allegations, construction delays and cost overruns as the budget ballooned to 700-billion rupees (about R106-billion) from an estimated 18.9-billion rupees.

Suresh Kalmadi, the last member of the organising committee to be arrested, has been charged with conspiracy to favour a Swiss company in the purchase of equipment for timing and scoring events, Central Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

Two other officials on the Games organising committee—Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma—had been arrested earlier in the same case.

The bureau—the Indian equivalent of the FBI—claims the government was bilked out of 1.41-billion rupees, paid to Swiss Timings for equipment available from another company for much less.—Sapa-AP


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