Australian firm to sue Delhi Games OC over unpaid bills

An Australian company is going to sue the Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee over unpaid bills, said an official who has given his lawyers the names of other businesses that may want to join the legal action. ABC.net.au reported that the Australian company that was behind the opening and closing ceremonies is now taking legal action against the organisers for unpaid bills.Ric Birch said that they have not yet been paid for the two events on Oct 3 and 14 last year.”I supplied the services of 12 people over the course of the year leading up to the Games, which included choreographers, producers and myself as executive producer.”They’re all production people who were intimately involved in the creation, production and direction of the opening and closing ceremonies,” he was quoted as saying.Birch said his efforts to get in touch with the organisers of the Delhi CWG were initially ignored.

“Then finally in December I got a very short note from Lalit Bhanot who is secretary general of the organising committee.”He sent a note saying that now they wanted to claim a performance guarantee because Mr Birch’s performance was not up to the mark. So I am mortified as you can imagine,” he said.Birch is suing the Delhi CWG Organising Committee in an attempt to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding fees, the media report said.He has given his lawyers the names of other businesses that may want to join the legal action.Birch said: “There were up to 15 other companies involved with the opening ceremony and many more companies involved with the Commonwealth Games overall.”Of those about half – the individuals, not the corporations – (have been paid) three months late but they were finally paid…But none of the companies have received their payments which were due under contract by the end of October last – Nation