MELBOURNE, Jan 20 � At least four of Australia�s biggest event firms plan to slap a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against organisers of New Delhi Commonwealth Games for non-payment of outstanding dues, reports PTI.
The issue of pending bills for the October Commonwealth Games-related work was also raised by Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd during talks with his Indian counterpart S M Krishna in an embarassment to the visiting dignitory.
Krishna assured the Australian government he would take up the matter of non-payment of dues with the Ministry of Sports. Rudd on his part said he was satisfied with the Indian government�s response to the issue, which he described as a �complicated one�.
The firms included those who worked for the glittering opening and closing ceremonies and behind pyrotechnics and fireworks display. The firms claimed that the total outstanding amount ran into nearly two million US dollars.
In potential trouble for the beleaguered CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, Events organiser Ric Birch has commissioned law firm Slater and Gordon to draw up the multi-million dollar lawsuit that would involve at least four of Australia�s biggest event firms�including his firm Spectak Productions and fireworks group Howard & Sons.