India grants bail to Commonwealth Games' chief

Organizer of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, picture on March 15, 2011.

Story highlights

  • The event was marred by accusations of graft and missed deadlines
  • His bail comes almost nine months after he was arrested on corruption charges
  • The charges are related to the international sporting event
An Indian court granted bail Thursday to the organizer of the 2010 Commonwealth Games almost nine months after he was arrested on corruption charges related to the international sporting event.
The event was marred by accusations of graft, missed construction deadlines and cost overruns.
In April, police detained Suresh Kalmadi for allegedly buying a time, scoring and result system from a Swiss company at an inflated price as head of the games' organizing committee.
Kalmadi, 68, is also a lawmaker in the Indian parliament, where he represents the ruling Congress party.
His lawyer said he would leave prison Thursday or Friday, but would continue to attend the trial in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the October, 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The sporting extravaganza, which India had hoped would boost its image as a rising economic power, attracted global attention for headlines about sub-par workmanship.
Corruption has been a part of daily life in India for years. A series of high-profile scandals rocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's administration in its second term and investor confidence in Asia's third-largest economy.
Last year, police arrested another politician, Kanimozhi, and several corporate executives for their alleged role in the nation's biggest corruption scandal involving the suspected below-price sale of telecom licenses. They were ordered free on bail.
Kanimozhi, who uses one name, is the daughter of a powerful south Indian political group, which is an ally of the prime minister's government.
Her party colleague and the former telecommunication minister, Andhimuthu Raja, remains in custody for allegedly underselling cell phone permits at the height of the telecom boom.
All defendants have denied any wrongdoing.