UK WANTS CWG DUES CLEARED BE­FORE MODI’S NOVEM­BER VISIT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­sun Son­walkar pra­sun.son­walkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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