‘Court to decide whether Kalmadi can attend Parl’

Suresh Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar jail in connection with alleged irregularities in Commonwealth Games, will be able to attend Parliament only if a competent court grants him permission, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said on Friday.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar
jail in connection with alleged irregularities in Commonwealth
Games, will be able to attend Parliament only if a competent
court grants him permission, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
said on Friday.

Kalmadi, who is a Congress member of the Lok Sabha from
Pune, has written to the Speaker requesting her to allow him
to attend the proceedings of Parliament.
The monsoon session of Parliament is scheduled to begin
from August one.

"It is a legal matter. The competent court has to
decide," Kumar told reporters adding that she was not against
any member attending Parliament.

She said she has received a letter only from Kalmadi and
not from DMK MP A Raja, who is jailed in connection with the
2G spectrum scam.

"Parliament is supreme, but when legal process is on
against a honourable member, that has to be kept in mind. Now,
that a legal process has been initiated, we cannot ignore it,"
she said.

Kalmadi was removed as Congress Parliamentary Party
Secretary and sacked as Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee chief.

He is in jail for the past two months after his arrest by
the CBI in alleged irregularities in the conduct of the
Commonwealth Games held last year.

PTI