Special court allows Kalmadi to visit London for Olympics

Former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who has been accused of corruption, was yesterday allowed by a special court to attend conferences in London during the Olympics starting from July 27.

‘Vice’ Chairman? CBI has described Kalmadi as the mastermind in the corruption case related to financial irregularities in awarding a Rs 141- crore contract for a scoring system during CWG. File Pic.

CBI Special Judge Talwant Singh allowed Kalmadi to visit London between July 26 and Aug 13 when the Olympics will be held.

Kalmadi had on Thursday moved the court seeking permission to attend the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council conference in London on the sidelines of the Olympic Games.

“The application is allowed since the accused (Kalmadi) has to attend the IAAF meeting and as the arguments on the charges in the case on behalf of the accused are over. The accused has also said that no adjournment will be sought on his behalf in further hearing in the case and that his counsel will be present in the case,” judge Talwant Singh said in his order.

Kalmadi, who is out on bail in a graft case related to the 2010 CWG here, had said in his application that he wanted to attend the IAAF Council conference in London in his capacity as a member and as president of Asian Athletics Association (AAA).
He also placed on record the invitation from the IAAF Council and programme schedule of the Olympics and details of the ticket sent to him by association’s general secretary Essar Gabriel.

CBI, in its first chargesheet in the case against Kalmadi and 10 others, described him as a prime accused and the mastermind in the corruption case related to financial irregularities in awarding a Rs 141-crore contract for a scoring system.

The accused officials and two companies were charged under various sections of Indian Penal Code for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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