Australian firms to sue Commonwealth Games OC over dues
In a major embarrassment to India, several Australian firms have launched law suits against the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC), claiming that their bills running into millions of dollars have not been paid.The issue might snowball into a diplomatic embarrassment as Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is set to raise it with his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna, who is currently visiting the country. The two ministers are meeting in Melbourne on Thursday.The Australian Commonwealth Games Association said the Indian government still owed it a “six-figure sum” due two months ago.Earlier this week, Sydney Olympics maestro Ric Birch commissioned a top law firm to launch a $3 million class action against the organisers for unpaid bills.Most companies hit were key players in the opening and closing ceremonies of the October 2010 Delhi Games. They claimed the substantial parts of their $1 million-plus contracts were left unpaid even three months after the closing ceremony.