More controversy has hit the inaugural Indian Grand Prix set to take place later this year, with reports that a leading official involved in preparations for the race has been forced to step down following corruption claims against him.

Last week, it emerged that Indian Grand Prix boss Mark Hughes - who had been leading the project being worked on by promoters the Jaypee Group - had quite his role for 'personal reasons', to take up a new position in Abu Dhabi [see separate story - click here].

Now, Autoweek reports, Suresh Kalmadi - in charge of original race promoter the Indian Olympic Association, and formerly chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee - has similarly departed the fray under suspicion of corruption, accused of hindering an inquiry being conducted by the country's Central Bureau of Investigation.

Under scrutiny is purported misconduct regarding the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October, with Kalmadi's role in the affair said to have involved the channelling of illegal profits through current grand prix promoter JPSK, allegedly an acronym of Jaypee and the initials of Kalmadi's son Sumeer, part-owner of the organisation.

The 2011 Indian Grand Prix is due to be held over the weekend of 28-30 October around the new Jaypee Group Circuit that is being built in Greater Noida, 50km from Delhi.



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