There are persistent rumours in Delhi that one reason why property prices have been shooting up in prime locations in recent months is because builders, contractors and others associated with the Commonwealth Games (CWG) have to park their newly acquired and ill-gotten wealth somewhere.
The stories have gained credence with a slew of media exposures concerning jiggery-pokery in high places.
These range from wild over-invoicing of goods and services for the CWG to dodgy contracts and tenders at home and abroad.
A few heads have rolled in the CWG administration but, for now, with the prime minister and many of the senior officials of the Union government intervening to monitor progress and quell a bad press, the idea is get the jamboree done with before a post-mortem throws up more dirt.
Image: A reflection of the Commonwealth Games Village is seen on a waterlogged road after monsoon rains in New Delhi on Sunday, September 5.
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