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Court hands down sentences in Delhi Commonwealth Games scandal


New Delhi – An Indian court on Wednesday jailed five men in a case linked to financial wrongdoings during the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation said.

The special court sentenced the managing director of a private electrical lighting firm and four officials of the Muncipal Corporation of Delhi to jail terms of between four and six years in a case relating to upgrading streetlights before the Games.

The men had spent 11 months in jail during the trial.

All the men were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and cheating, a CBI spokeswoman said.

Preparations for the Games, held in October 2010, were tainted by allegations of shoddy work and financial fraud.

There are several cases in court linked to financial irregularities during the Games and this was the first sentencing.

Most involve charges of criminal conspiracy and manipulation of tenders where private firms quoted exorbitant rates which were accepted by local government officials.
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The CBI, India’s federal investigation agency, in 2014 closed nine of the 19 cases it had registered for lack of evidence. It has filed preliminary charges in seven cases while four are still being investigated. (dpa/NAN)

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