New Corruption Scandal Hits Delhi Commonwealth Games

By Community | May 3, 2012

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The case involving the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and a private sports equipment manufacturing company centres on the laying of synthetic tracks in five stadiums.

An unnamed CBI official alleged the private company quoted inflated prices to provide the tracks which were justified by officials in the CPWD and DDA.

The company may also have been aided by eligibility criteria being circumvented as part of the awarding of the contracts.

The scandal is the latest in a series of recent problems which has shocked India since the Commonwealth Games which were hoped to show the country in a positive light.

Former chief of the Games, Suresh Kalmadi, was arrested last year after other accusations of conspiracies in the awarding of commercial contracts.