DELHI 2010: Senior Kalmadi aides arrested after house raids
TWO senior aides to Suresh Kalmadi, the under-fire organising chairman of the recent Delhi Commonwealth Games, have been arrested in connection with allegations of corruption.
PRESSURE: Suresh Kalmadi is expected to be questioned by investigators probing allegations of corruption during the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi (Reuters)
Indian authorities promised a far reaching investigation into the problems that blighted the event and the Central Bureau of Investigation have vowed their provisional report will be completed within three months.
TS Darbari, the former joint director general of the organising committee and Sanjay Mohindroo were both arrested following raids on their houses.
Darbari was sacked by Kalmadi in August after reports that inflated payments were made for services connected to the start of the Queen's Baton Relay in London last year. Mohindroo had resigned from the organising committee earlier this year.
Mark Twain once said of India that 'nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked' - but someone clearly forget to tell that to Suresh Kalmadi."
Kalmadi's stewardship of the organising committee was mired in controversy and he was roundly booed during both the opening and closing ceremony of the event.
He resigned his position as secretary of the Congress parliamentary party last week and opposition MP's have been calling for action to be taken against him by a joint parliamentary committee.
It is thought Kalmadi, the head of the Indian Olympic Committee, and other senior officials will be questioned in the coming days.
And local media reports suggest Darbari and Mohindroo have both implicated other top executives in the organising committee during their initial questioning.