Three Games officials suspended

Delhi Commonwealth Games officials suspended after probe into financial irregularities.

    The investigation centred on a buildup event in London last year [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Three senior Delhi Commonwealth Games officials have been suspended over financial irregularities during last year's Queen's Baton Relay in London.

    Joint director generals TS Darbari and M Jeyachandran, and deputy director general Sanjay Mohindroo were suspended after the committee received a report from a panel looking into the allegations, Organising Committee spokesman Lalit Bhanot said on Thursday.

    Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi set up the three-member panel headed by chief executive Jarnail Singh to look into the charges after India's Sports Ministry asked him to remove the officials involved.

    The Indian government's anti-corruption agency has identified 16 projects connected with the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games where financial irregularities are suspected.

    Earlier on Thursday Commonwealth Games treasurer Anil Khanna resigned from the post amid accusations of having a conflict of interests regarding the company charged with providing the court surfaces for the tennis events.

    Best to quit

    Khanna told reporters he felt it best to quit after media reports had claimed the Indian arm of the Australian firm who won the contract to lay the courts for the Games was favoured because it was headed by his son.

    "The allegations hurt me. I have a clear conscience and I don't want to be seen anywhere near corruption. So I have submit my resignation for the peace of my family and myself," Khanna, who is also the All India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary general, said.

    Khanna said neither he nor AITA had anything to do with the awarding of the contract.

    "If you remember, I took over as the treasurer in January this year after the previous treasurer quit. By then, the process of awarding the contract was over.

    "It was done by the Government of India and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) accepted the lowest bid.  

    "My son's firm would not get anything out of it.

    "I feel sorry that I had to step aside at this stage. I have sent it to the organising committee and they would have to find another treasurer."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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