Organisers of this year's Commonwealth Games were accused on Tuesday of owing companies millions of dollars and blocking equipment used for the opening and closing ceremonies from leaving India.
Several companies, including the one in charge of the ceremonies which cost around $50 million in total, told Reuters they had yet to receive final payments and had been unable to re-export their own equipment since the Games ended on October 14.
"This is a scandalous situation. I find the behaviour outrageous," said Ric Birch who has organised ceremonies for Olympics and Commonwealth Games since 1982.
“The behaviour of organisers and Indian government agencies has been so shameful.”