The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

India's former Olympics chief faces fraud charges


NEW DELHI (AFP) - A judge on Friday ordered prosecutors to charge India's former Olympics chief and five other sports officials with fraud relating to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Suresh Kalmadi, who headed the Games organising committee, his deputy Lalit Bhanot and four others were accused of favouring a particular company while awarding contracts for installing a timing system for the Games.

Judge Talwant Singh ordered the prosecution to frame charges of "cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for other offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act" by January 10, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Also facing charges are the organising committee's director-general V.K. Verma, procurement director Surjit Lal, sports director A.S.V. Prasad and treasurer M. Jayachandran.