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A day after the Games Organising Committee suspended two of its top officials for alleged financial irregularities during the Queen's Baton Relay in London last October, the skeletons continue to tumble out.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2010 00:29 IST

A day after the Games Organising Committee (OC) suspended two of its top officials for alleged financial irregularities during the Queen's Baton Relay in London last October, the skeletons continue to tumble out.

The probe panel that recommended the action against joint director generals T S Darbari and M Jayachandran has in its report not only nailed the OC's lie that London firms AM Films and AM Car and Vans were recommended to them by the Indian High Commission there in October 2009 but also revealed how payments made during the event by a deputy director general-level OC official, Sanjay Mahindroo, who quit three months back, weren't properly accounted for.

The panel presented its report to the OC's executive board on Thursday.

The report mentions how Darbari and Mahindroo knew about AM Car and Vans back in August 2009, two months before the Baton Relay. Board sources said they hired taxies from AM Car & Vans then and back home, submitted bills from the firm amounting to £3,276 (Rs 2.4 lakh).

"The report says this shows the duo knew about the company in advance and it is incorrect to say the firm was recommended by the high commission.

The duo seems to have concocted the story," said a Board member.

Darbari and Mahindroo refused to respond to phone calls.

Rs 90 lakh shock
The extent of Mahindroo's murky dealings came to light when the OC received an email from AM Films just five days ago, claiming it owed the firm £1,22,600 (Rs 90 lakh) for services rendered during the Baton Relay.

An investigation revealed that when Mahindroo and Jayachandran went to London last October, each of them was given a travel card worth £65,000 (Rs 48 lakh) in credit.

Jayachandran spent £6,000 (Rs 4.3 lakh) and gave his card to Mahindroo as he had to return to India midway.

When Mahindroo got back, he submitted receipts for various other expenses incurred during the event, which the report says were "not proper".

"These need to be investigated further and we recommend handing it over to the Enforcement Directorate," the report says.