CWG scam: Kalmadi gets bail, could leave Tihar Jail today

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    CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi gets bail, could leave Tihar Jail today


    January 19,2011

    New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi has been granted bail by the Delhi High Court. He was arrested in April last year for alleged corruption - as chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Commonwealth Games, Mr Kalmadi allegedly sanctioned an inflated contract for timing equipment and scoreboards.

    The High Court has also granted bail to former Organising Committee Director General V K Verma.

    The Commonwealth Games were seeped in controversy. They were internationally reported for poor organization; within the country, the event made headlines for apparently ubiquitous graft. Several of Mr Kalmadi's key aides were arrested after the Games were held in September 2010.

    Mr Kalmadi, a Congress MP, has been in Tihar Jail for 10 months. He has been asked to pay a surety of five lakhs.

    Mr Kalmadi, Mr Verma and nine others have been accused of allegedly awarding a Rs. 141-crore contract to Swiss firm to install timing equipment for the Games at an exorbitant rate, causing a loss of over Rs.90 crore to the state exchequer.

    The charges against Mr Kalmadi include conspiracy, forgery, misconduct and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

    In his bail plea, Mr Kalmadi had cited the Supreme Court's judgement in the 2G spectrum case and said that it has been held that "bail is rule and jail is exception". The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the charges of corruption in the organisation of the Games, had opposed the plea, saying trial was about to begin.

    Others who were arrested in the case included Lalit Bhanot, who served as the Secretary General of the CWG Organising Committee.

    Allegations of corruption began surfacing a few weeks before the Games began. The organisers led by Mr Kalmadi were accused of handing out inflated contracts for equipment and services amid growing criticism over delays in preparing the venues and the manner in which the Games budget had been overshot.

    CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi gets bail, could leave Tihar Jail today
     
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    Anna Hazare Jail Bharo Andolan failed but Government Jail Khali Karo Andolan on its way to success.

    Crackers and Celebration for kalmadi in pune in congress office. Is he a freedom fighter? :facepalm:
     
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    I am sure he will emerge out of the gates of the Prison, a much chastened man!
     
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    i admire this kalmadi. He planned CWG corruption with no proof. He dares to do corruption and openly challenged the Indian judicial system.

    At last he won judiciary lose
     
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    Justice prevails!


    Depriving someone from enjoying/spending his hard looted money is a grave crime.


    Jai Ho !
     
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    The court has not spelled the reasons for his bail. But anyhow this is only a bail, it is not the end of the trial. He has not been acquitted.
     
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    Kalmadi deserves a nice Welcome outside the Jail with rotten eggs and shoes and 5 million Mika style gaalis's :grin:
     
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    how much did he made in CWC...........
     
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    once he is out ,he will do more to be acquitted
     
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    Apne desh me to desh drohiyon ko bail mil jata hai ye to kya hai ...:hail:
     
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    Top 10 Facts About Kalmadi's Commonwealth Games Scandal


    New Delhi: 1) Suresh Kalmadi was given bail by the Delhi High Court today in a corruption case related to the Commonwealth Games. He was arrested on April 26 last year. Mr Kalmadi, an MP from Pune, served as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games, held in India in October 2010.

    2) The Games spawned a maze of corrupt deals, most of them involving inflated contracts. Instead of selecting companies who offered the best prices, equipment and services were hired from firms who over-quoted. Often, companies who offered better deals were disqualified for inexplicable reasons. Investigations suggest the Organizing Committee ran as a sort of 'badmaash company' - many of Mr Kalmadi's closest aides like Lalit Bhanot and V K Verma were also arrested.

    3) Why was Mr Kalmadi in jail? He was accused of handing out a Rs. 141-crore contract to Swiss Timing for its timing equipment - the deal was inflated by Rs. 95 crores. An official recommended the disqualification of a Swedish company, allegedly at Mr Kalmadi's behest, leaving only the Swiss firm in the fray. The Central Bureau of Investigation, which probed the case, filed a chargesheet against Kalmadi in May 2011.

    4) Kalmadi's free-fall from grace: Mr Kalmadi, a politician with serious clout in his home town of Pune, may have miscalculated in positioning himself as the face of the Games. His critics put this down to megalomania. Whether or not that is true, Mr Kalmadi's fall from grace began in the run up to the Games, when it became clear that despite busting huge budgets and reassurances of delivering a world-class event, Delhi was far from ready to host the Games. Venues were not ready. Basic equipment had yet to arrive.

    5) The international hall of shame: Less than 10 days before athletes were to move into the village built especially for them near the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi, foreign crews were invited to tour the apartments that would house delegates. It was an unforgettable open house. There were dog paw marks on bedsheets. Human waste was lying on bathroom floors, left behind by construction workers. International headlines reported on every humiliating detail.

    6) With the Games skidding into catastrophic turf, the Commonwealth international body - named Commonwealth Games Federation - publicly stated its unhappiness with the preps. In October 2009, federation head Michael Fennel announced an independent technical review panel to monitor Delhi's progress. The proposal was shot down by Mr Kalmadi's Organising Committee.

    7) Despite the many embarrassments in the run-up the Games, the opening ceremony was hailed as spectacular. The show-stopper was incredible and huge with an aerostat flown in from Australia. But Kalmadi was by now a figure of disrepute for the Indian public which booed him during his speech at this ceremony

    8) Call in the troops: As Kalmadi's public stock fell, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was hailed for stepping in with her trademark efficiency to ensure the city played a good host. The army's services were invaluable. A foot overbridge collapsed outside the main venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium just two weeks before the Games; the Army re-built it.

    9) Kalmadi refused to accept the blame. At the closing ceremony on October 14, he was heckled again. When he thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her guidance, she was seen publicly shaking her head - a clear sign that Mr Kalmadi's party wanted little more to do with him.

    10) Six months later, Mr Kalmadi, once a powerhouse in Pune politics, was sacked as a primary member of the Congress. He remains a Lok Sabha MP.



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