Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Friday condemned former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Chief Suresh Kalmadi for seeking permission from Delhi court to attend London Olympics, saying he has not been cleared of the charges yet.
“It’s sad to see Suresh Kalmadi seeking permission. He has not yet been cleared of his charges. I will ensure he will definitely not be part of the Indian delegation. We are also trying to find out who invited him and if needed we will speak to the authorities who have invited him. No one tainted of corruption should be part of the delegation,” Maken said.
Earlier, a Delhi court granted permission to Kalmadi to attend the London Olympics. Kalmadi will travel to London for the games from July 26 to August 13.
The CBI had opposed Kalmadi’s plea saying that it would hamper day-to-day court proceedings in the CWG Scam in which Kalmadi is an accused. However, the judge overruled the objection and allowed Kalmadi to travel to London.
In his plea to Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, Kalmadi had said he is a member of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Council and sought permission to go to the United Kingdom for the games from July 26 to August 13.
“Applicant (Kalmadi), in his capacity, as a member of the IAAF Council and as president of Asian Athletics Association (AAA), is required to attend certain meetings, conferences and matters of the IAAF during the London 2012 Olympics from July 26 to August 13,” Kalmadi said in his application.
The Lok Sabha MP and 10 others have been chargesheeted by the CBI under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly “illegally” awarding contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to Swiss Timing, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
He had also placed on record the invitation from IAAF Council and the general programme schedule of the Olympics and details of travel ticket sent to him by the association’s General Secretary Essar Gabriel.
“Therefore, the applicant is hereby seeking permission of this court to travel abroad for this purpose,” he said.
Seeking court’s permission for exemption from personal appearance, Kalmadi had said he was willing to abide by any condition imposed by it.