Commonwealth Games chief organizer gets bail



NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court has released Commonwealth Games chief organizer Suresh Kalmadi on bail in a corruption case relating to last year’s event.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered Kalmadi be freed on a bail of $10,000 since there was no evidence of any money trail or of him “threatening witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial.”

Kalmadi and eight others were charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and abuse of power. He has been in jail since April 25.

The Commonwealth Games were marred by construction delays, cost overruns and corruption allegations that saw the budget balloon to $15 billion from an initial estimate of $412 million.

Kalmadi’s fellow organizer V.K. Verma also was released on bail.