NEW DELHI: It was eight more nights in a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lockup for India’s high profile MP and sports administrator, Suresh Kalmadi with a court Tuesday sending him to police custody till May 4 on charges of irregularities in awarding contracts for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
While sending him to police custody, additional district judge, Mr Justice Talwant Singh said Kalmadi “would be medically examined after every 48 hours and could also meet relatives and counsellors every day for 40 minutes.”
Meanwhile, a slipper was hurled at the sacked CWG organising committee chairman at a court complex here Tuesday by a 42-year-old former lawyer.
Manoj Sharma threw the slipper at 66-year-old Kalmadi, who was escorted by a posse of policemen, as he entered the Patiala Court Complex for being produced before a special CBI court after being arrested Monday.
Sharma, whose registration was revoked by the Gwalior Bar for improper behaviour earlier, told police that he was “sent by God to eradicate corruption” when asked why he did so, a senior police official said. “We had immediately apprehended Sharma. He seems to be mentally unstable. He claimed that he is working for a weekly ‘Sansad Garjana,’” the official said. Sharma, who hails from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, was also earlier convicted for stabbing a Sub Divisional Magistrate, a report which the police is verifying, the official said.
According to the CBI, Kalmadi has been arrested for buying TSR (timing scoring and result) equipment from a Swiss firm, Swiss Timing, at inflated price of Rs 141 crore for the event. Also arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy and overspending of public money in holding the Oct 3-14 Games last year were two more officials of the Games panel, Sujit Lal and A S V Prasad.
Addressing the court, packed with people who had to be told to move back so that proceedings could begin, the public prosecutor sought 14 days police custody and said Kalmadi’s behaviour was “evasive and non cooperative.” The CBI said custody was required as “voluminous incriminating documents” had been recovered.
As Kalmadi, dressed in a white shirt, listened attentively during the hour-long proceedings, defence counsel Mr Hitesh Jain argued: “If Kalmadi was not cooperating with the agency, then why did it not arrest him six months back when the preliminary investigation was being done?”