The Comptroller and Auditor General, whose report on the 2G spectrum allocation exposed the scam, has held the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for making Suresh Kalmadi the Commonwealth Organising Committee Chairman, according to an English news channel.
“The decision of the PMO to appoint Suresh Kalmadi Chairman of the Organising Committee facilitated the conversion of the originally-envisaged government-owned OC into a body effectively outside the government control,” the channel quoted CAG as saying in a report to be presented to Parliament soon.
Then Sports Minister Sunil Dutt had opposed the move to make Kalmadi Chairman of the Organising Committee in 2004. Kalmadi was appointed OC chief as he was head of the Indian Olympic Association. Overruling Dutt’s objections, the PMO cited the 1982 Asian Games precedence.
Kalmadi subsequently raised the hackles of Dutt’s successors Mani Shankar Aiyar and MS Gill too and faced flak for the slipshod Games preparations. After conclusion of the Games, CBI began probe on different deals where Organising Committee members were alleged to have indulged in corruption. So far, CBI has filed chargesheets in the timing, scoring and results case and streetlighting case, apart from first investigation reports in 14 cases.
Kalmadi, who was denied bail by the courts, is in jail and on Monday, the Centre opposed his plea for participating in the ongoing Parliament session saying he was not medically fit as he had claimed to be suffering from dementia. He has been suspended from the Congress too.
Referring to the affidavit filed by Kalmadi, the government submitted before Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw that he should not be allowed to attend the monsoon session. “As per the medical report of Kalmadi, he is suffering from various ailments, including loss of memory and neurological infractions. If this is the condition of an MP, what will he remember from his constituency and present before Parliament,” Additional Solicitor-General AS Chandihoke, appearing for the government, said.
“What will he remember? What will he understand and what will he be able to do in Parliament if he has a loss of memory,” he said adding the petition is not maintainable and Kalmadi should approach the trial court. He said Kalmadi was making attempts to obtain bail indirectly on the pretext of attending Parliament session as the trial court has rejected his bail plea.
CBI too opposed Kalmadi’s plea saying there is no provision under law allowing an MP, who is under judicial custody, to attend the session. “Whoever is in the lawful custody has no right to attend the Parliament session,” advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for CBI, said while countering Kalmadi’s plea that he has special right under the Constitution and he should be allowed to participate in the session in custody. Economic Times