Suresh Kalmadi allowed to visit London Olympics, Makan react

Sacked CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, accused in a games-related graft case, was on Friday allowed by a Delhi court to go to London for the 2012 Olympics. Special CBI judge Talwant Singh allowed Kalmadi's plea to visit London from July 26 to August 13, while ordering him to furnish a bond of Rs 10 lakh and a surety of the same amount.  The court also noted that no adjournment would be sought on behalf of Kalmadi and his counsel will remain present in the proceedings during his absence.
Sports Minister Ajay Maken, however, has slammed the decision and said: "Kalmadi doesn't deserve to attend the Olympics." Yesterday, Kalmadi had sought a Delhi court's permission to attend the London Games. He has been asked to give a bond of Rs 10 lakh by the special CBI court. Sports ministry on Friday shot off a letter to IOA, requesting the sports body not to facilitate the tainted administrator's visit to UK on "ethical grounds". In a letter to Randhir Singh, secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the ministry argued that since Kalmadi is embroiled in corruption cases, IOA should not support Kalmadi in any way. Early in the day, sports minister Ajay Maken had said that he will ensure that Kalmadi is not part of the Indian delegation, which is headed for London.

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