Delhi court to probe alleged plot to murder Commonwealth Games officials

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A Delhi court has launched a  probe into allegations by two inmates that they were ordered by  prison officers to murder two 2010 Common-wealth Games officials  inside the high-security Tihar jail.

The inmates, named as Nishant and Amit, alleged they were  given a knife and a pistol by prison officers to kill the Games  officials who are themselves being held on corruption charges.

Three senior Delhi Commonwealth Games officials — T.S.  Darbari, M. Jeyachandran and Sanjay Mohindroo — are in custody  at the same jail having been charged with financial  irregularities leading up to the October Games.

The chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM), Vinod Yadav, had  ordered a police investigation into the matter and asked for a  report by Friday but the deadline was missed.

“The court itself will now enquire into it,” he was quoted  as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency after police  failed to complete the probe in the stipulated time frame.

“It is a fact that a knife has been recovered from the jail  and the matter needs to be taken seriously.”

The $6 billion Games was intended to showcase India’s  growing financial might but threatened to become a farce and  only late scrambling by the government salvaged the event.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Friday  raided the homes of Suresh Kalmadi, chief organiser of the  Games, as part of the investigation into the alleged financial  irregularities related to the staging of the event.

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