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Updated: July 14, 2012 01:54 IST

Don’t facilitate Kalmadi’s visit to London: Centre

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Suresh Kalmadi
Suresh Kalmadi

The Central government on Friday asked the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) not to facilitate Suresh Kalmadi’s visit to London to attend the Olympic Games.

A letter from the Sports Ministry was dispatched to IOA Secretary-General Randhir Singh.

This followed a Delhi court ruling earlier in the day that Mr. Kalmadi could go to London. Special CBI judge Talwant Singh allowed his application to visit London from July 26 to August 13 and asked him to furnish a bond of Rs.10 lakh and a surety for a like amount.

Mr. Kalmadi is the main accused in the CWG Timing, Scoring, Results System contract scam case.

Joint Secretary Onkar Kedia wrote to the IOA: “Taking into consideration the serious charges levelled against Shri Kalmadi in the matters relating to [the] conduct of the Commonwealth Games 2010 and that the court is still seized of the matter, the Ministry requests that the Indian Olympic Association, on ethical grounds, should not facilitate or sponsor the visit of Shri Kalmadi to London in any manner including air travel, lodging and boarding (sic) in London and giving tickets for witnessing the opening and closing ceremonies and sports competitions of the London Olympics... ”

The Ministry urged the IOA to take up the matter with the International Olympic Committee and the International Association of Athletics Federations, of which Mr. Kalmadi is a Council member.

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he is the last person you would want to go to London olympics.he has
brought such a disgrace to our nation.how can he represent india if cannot
loyal with it..he should be banned to even see olympics on t.v

from:  MANWINDER SINGH
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 21:25 IST

Suresh Kalmadi has brought shame to India. He should not be allowed to visit London for the Olympics.
Reddy

from:  reddy
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 21:12 IST

First, the govt seems to be running with hare and hunting with hounds.
It cant be both supporting and opposing Kalmadi's not-guilty plea.
Secondly, few in India realize that West already has (almost biased)
too low opinion about India's corruption. Sending Kalmadi would only
give them confirmation that not only we are corrupt, but also we are
unashamed to be so. Most of extradition to India (like Purulia or
underworld don case) is blocked citing lawlessness and corruption. But
when confronted about corruption, supporters of UPA have single
rhetoric "others are worse", as if no one cares for nation.

from:  LieX
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 20:34 IST

Why the Indian Government is cringing the Indian Olympic
Association not to invite Kalmadi for the games. The Govt can as
well not to give permission to Kalmadi who is facing still the
charges of commonwealth games corruption. Kalmadi is going there
only to influence the witnesses to his side. He should not be
allowed to do so.

from:  K.Sanckar
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 11:05 IST

It will be a mockery of our justice system if this guy is allowed to attend Olympics. He brought shame to the whole country.The right palce for him is the jail not London Olympics.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 10:53 IST

How IOA can even think of sponsoring suresh Kalmati's visit to the Olympic games? Does it require anybody's intervention to see common sense? It only shows how much power he still wields in IOA.
This is an indication of how our discredited and on bail politicians
hold their respective departments still under control.

from:  Ramani P
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 08:43 IST

This is Indian Politics, we all Indians know what Kalmadi has done but
too the Court has given him the authority to attend London
Olympics........ Really shame on Indian Government

from:  Uttam Nandyalkar
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 07:51 IST

How come this Kalmadi does not have some common sense and shame ? Even
if he is innocent,the fact is that he is being investigated. He can wait
for the result to come.The Olympics wont miss him if he does not go.
Better not to go and insult the athletes and the nation, when the whole
world knows that he is being investigated. Have some common sense,
Mr.Kalmadi.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 07:36 IST

What a country! The crooks under investigation and waiting for the charges get the front seat
in the show! I am sure the next generation would find their inspiration from such events!! So
disappointing!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 07:33 IST

If Ministers and MPs are allowed to continue in office when there are
serious allegations levelled against them, or even when
investigations/prosecutions are on-going; when no one dares to
initiate investigations against
politicians/bureaucrats/judges/businessmen/powerful people (and their
supporters/staff) with criminal accusations, etc; is it any surprise
that situations as reported above can take place in India?

In India all powerful people believe that they are above any kind of
law or regulation (from traffic violation to mega plunders to alleged
rapes/murders), and politicians insist in the Parliament that they are
above the law and fellow parliamentarians agree with them!!

Until and unless respect for law is established right from the top,
and enforced without exception, India will remain lawless. And all
kinds of crime (molestation, rape, khap panchayat diktats curtailing
human rights etc) will get progressively worse! NO ONE HOWEVER RICH OR
POOR CAN ESCAPE THIS BLEAK FUTURE.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 04:40 IST

Kalmadi appealed whilst in jail for private MRI brain scan for
Dementia and as soon as he got the bail was found in the FRONT ROW at
a flashy FASHION SHOW at Delhi!!!!!
The entire nation and the diaspora at large hung thier heads in shame
because of this traitor.
Now he wants a freebie trip to London with tax payers money!!! really..
i bet he wants to swap money between his bank accounts whilst here in
London
How on earth are we Indians tolerating this open public rape of the
India's democratic dignity?
Am pretty sure once he is in London he want to move assets, make his
black money white during his stay in London for all the wealth he
accrued for the grandeous CWG torch relay in UK .., swiss timers
etc...

from:  Shivapratap
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 03:29 IST

It is the distorted justice system that allows a culprit to represent the nation at an international event. Kalmadi's going abroad itself will be cause of sahme; more so if it were to be on govt. or Indian olympic association money (i.e tax payers money. Can't SC intervene in the matter.

from:  KK
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 02:56 IST

Will the Congress party and the UPA government take a similar stand on foreign trips of alleged Adarsh scamsters?

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 02:13 IST

If the scam's are true, there you be many in London to facilitate his
travel. Hope he come back. 10 lakh bond might be a throw away money. It
would be spent for just writing letters for his extraction if he turns
hostile

from:  Thiyagarajan
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 01:56 IST
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