India court charges Suresh Kalmadi with corruption

Suresh Kalmadi
Image caption Suresh Kalmadi has denied all allegations of corruption

A court in India has charged the chief of Delhi's 2010 Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, with corruption.

Mr Kalmadi and nine others have been charged with cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy. He denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty.

The case will be heard at a fast-track court in Delhi.

Estimated to be worth $16.5m (£10m) in funds lost to the exchequer, the case is one of several corruption scandals to have rocked India's government.

The Games' secretary general Lalit Bhanot, director general VK Verma and seven others have also been charged for illegally awarding the contract to the company in Switzerland - they deny the allegations.

India's federal investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, arrested Mr Kalmadi in April 2011 "for conspiracy to cause favour to a company in Switzerland while procuring timers and scoring equipment for the Games".

He was sacked as chairman of the Commonwealth Games Committee in January 2011.

Mr Kalmadi, a sitting member of parliament for the governing Congress party, has also been charged with corruption in a case related to contracts at a 2009 event in London which marked the start of a baton race across Commonwealth countries.

He denies those charges too.

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