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HC grills Kalmadi, his attendance in LS sought

Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 18:11

New Delhi: CWG case accused Suresh
Kalmadi was today grilled by Delhi High Court over his plea
that he be allowed to attend the Monsoon session of Parliament
and was asked to produce his attendance record in Lok Sabha
for the last five years.

In a rebuke to Kalmadi, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also
asked the jailed Congress MP what was the need for him to
attend Parliament unless there is voting on a bill or a motion
that could lead to the fall of the government. The Monsoon
session commences on August one.

"There is nothing important like voting is happening in
Parliament or government is going to fall for which your
presence is required in the Lok Sabha," the judge said on the
plea by the sacked CWG Organising Committee Chief.
Justice Endlaw made these remarks while posing a
serious of questions to senior counsel Ashok Desai, who
appeared for Kalmadi, as to why his plea to attend the coming
session of the Parliament should be allowed.

The judge sought Kalmadi`s attendance record in
Parliament for the last five years while issuing notice to the
CBI and asking it to file its reply on his plea.
The court said in case Kalmadi fails to obtain records
of the past five years, he can file his attendance record in
previous sessions of the present Lok Sabha.

"Show me the past attendance record in Parliament
sessions. What contribution he had during the sessions? What
are the queries he had asked and what participation he wants
now for which he has approached this court," Justice Endlaw
said, while asking Kalmadi to file a detailed affidavit on it
on Monday.

"Everyday proceedings are being telecast and he can
send questions to the Lok Sabha Speaker," the court suggested

At another stage, the judge asked, "Why does he
(Kalmadi) want to attend the session? Why should he be treated
differently from other public servants, who are under arrest?"


First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 18:11

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