UK WANTS CWG DUES CLEARED BEFORE MODI’S NOVEMBER VISIT
LONDON: The David Cameron government has expressed hope that New Delhi will resolve the issue of outstanding payments to British companies involved in the 2010 Commonwealth Games before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for a three-day visit in November.
Responding to a brief debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, foreign office minister Hugo Swire said he had raised the issue with the Indian high commissioner Ranjan Mathai and Britain would continue to press for a resolution.
The 2010 Games hosted by Delhi were hit by a string of corruption scandals involving purchase of equipment, awarding of contracts and inflated project costs. Several cases are still being heard in courts.
The debate in the House of Commons specifically identified payments due to SIS Live, a company contracted to televise the Games. Conservative MP Laurence Robertson asked Swire, “SIS Live is a perfectly respectable British company which fully delivered on its commitments in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games. Does he agree that the outstanding debt of £29 million should be paid to SIS Live in advance of the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to this country later this year?”
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