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Delhi Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi remanded

Suresh Kalmadi outside his Delhi home on 24 December 2010
Image caption Suresh Kalmadi has denied all allegations of corruption

The chief organiser of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi has been remanded in jail for 14 days on charges of corruption.

Suresh Kalmadi was arrested last month and removed from his post in January.

Police say he will be charged with conspiracy regarding the awarding of commercial contracts for the Games - he denies any wrongdoing.

The build-up to the Games, held in the capital in October, was marred by allegations of sleaze and incompetence.

On Wednesday, a special court in the capital Delhi remanded Mr Kalmadi and two other officials of the Games organising committee.

India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Mr Kalmadi "for conspiracy to cause favour to a company in Switzerland while procuring timers and scoring equipment for the Games".

Other charges relate to contracts at a 2009 event in London which marked the start of a baton race across Commonwealth countries, say reports.

If found guilty he could face years in prison.

In February, organising committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and another top official, VK Verma, were arrested and accused of financial irregularities linked to the Games.

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