16 Oct 2010

Indian govt orders top-level probe into Games

6:47 pm on 16 October 2010

The Indian government has ordered a wide-ranging investigation into claims of corruption and mismanagement during the Commonwealth Games.

The BBC reports that a team headed by the country's former auditor-general, V K Shunglu, will look at every aspect of organisation and planning, including the way contracts were awarded and work supervised.

The build-up to the Games, which ended in Delhi on Thursday, was marred by delays and allegations of fraud.

After the troubled start, Commonwealth Games head Mike Fennell praised the event as a success.

Despite that praise, prime minister Manmohan Singh says an investigation is needed into an event that became a global story for the wrong reasons.

Investigators are due to visit the Games organising committee on Monday to audit its accounts.