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Commonwealth Games official Jayachandran arrested

File pic from 28 September 2010 of a construction site in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games
Image caption The 2010 Games were hit by claims of shoddy construction and dubious payments to contractors

India's top investigating agency has arrested a top 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games official for alleged financial irregularities.

Treasurer M Jayachandran is accused of forgery and cheating over the awarding of Games contracts, a charge he denies.

He is the third Games official to be arrested over similar charges. All were suspended from their posts in August.

Earlier this month, Suresh Kalmadi, the Games organising committee chief, quit his post in the Congress party.

He has been under investigation over claims of corruption at October's sporting spectacular, and also denies any wrongdoing.

'Exorbitant' contracts

The build-up to the event was overshadowed by revelations of sleaze, incompetence and missed construction deadlines.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ordered the investigation last month into alleged corruption at the Games.

Mr Jayachandran was arrested on Sunday in connection with an alleged scam to award contracts to companies at inflated prices.

Last week, senior Games officials TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohindroo were arrested over charges of irregularities over the awarding of Games contracts linked to the Queen's Baton Relay in London last year.

Police said they awarded contracts at "exorbitant rates" to two London-based companies for providing transport and video screens at the London event.

The Queen's Baton Relay passed through 70 Commonwealth nations before arriving in India to mark the start of the Games in October.

In August, Mr Jayachandran's predecessor, Anil Khanna, quit after claims an Australian firm won the contract to lay tennis courts for the Games because his son headed its Indian arm.

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