Worst-Performing MP in the state: Suresh Kalmadi

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    Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi, who was sacked as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee boss for his non-performance and alleged involvement in the CWG scam, has added another "feather" in his cap: he has been ranked the worst-performing member of Parliament in the state as far as utilisation of MP funds is concerned.

    According to a Union government data on the total expenditure by MPs till July 5, 2011, the disgraced Congress leader, who is cooling his heels in Tihar Jail since April 25, has spent only Rs 55 lakh since his election in 2009.
    Earlier, a member of Parliament was entitled for Rs 2 crore annually for his/her constituency, but the amount has been increased to Rs 5 crore from this financial year.
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    According to political observers, given the dismal track record of Kalmadi, the increase in funds seems to do no better to the city as the MP won't be able to spend the money which will eventually be returned to the Central government.

    But Kalmadi's party colleagues justified his "inability" to spend MP funds saying that initially Kalmadi was busy organising the Games and then he got embroiled in the CWG controversy. So had to spend all his time, energy and attention fighting corruption charges leveled against him leveled by his detractors. :pound:

    Pune 'priority'?

    Vikas Mathkari, BJP City President said, "Pune was never on Kalmadi's priority list. He spent a meager 20 per cent of Rs 4 crore he received as an MP in the past two years. This shows how serious he is towards development of Pune and betterment of its people."

    Shyam Deshpande, a Shiv Sena leader from the Pune Municipal Corporation, said, "Punekars want an MP who will work for the city and also contribute to its development. Kalmadi should tender his resign taking moral responsibility for failing to perform as an elected representative of the people. It is really sad that we have not yet got a single responsible and accountable MP so far." Ashok Kulkarni, a resident of Sahakarnagar, quipped, "We must investigate into the funds that Kalmadi has spent so far. Who knows there may be a scam in that too."

    The Other Side

    The city unit of the Congress, however, played safe over the issue as the party has already suspended the leader for his alleged involvement in the CWG scam. A Congress office bearer, on the condition of anonymity, said the allegation that the MP spent only Rs 55 lakh was baseless. "He has already sent letters to the district collector for approving various developmental projects in Pune. We can't give the details now because the office is closed today." Abhay Chhajed, the Pune Congress President, also added, "We don't have the details on how much Kalmadi has spent so far."

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    Kalmadi suffering from memory loss :lol:

    New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar jail for over two months in connection with the multi-crore Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam, is suffering from dementia, a disease related to memory loss, impaired reasoning and personality changes and this may have a bearing on his ongoing trial.

    The 66-year-old MP from Pune was recently taken to Lok Narayan Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital where an MRI scan was conducted on him. The tests show that he was suffering from dementia which gradually affects cognitive functions of the person affected by it, Deputy Inspector General of Tihar R N Sharma said.

    He said dementia at a preliminary stage was mentioned in the medical history submitted to Jail authorities by the family members.

    The MP was ailing much before he was arrested and brought to jail on the allegations of being involved in large-scale corruption in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, he said.

    "We are still awaiting a formal copy of the test conducted at the LNJP," he said.

    Legal experts feel that the impact of his health condition on the trial would be determined only after it was analysed properly by medical experts.

    Kalmadi's lawyer Hitesh Jain said that his client had been suffering from this problem for the last four to five years and the same had been communicated to the jail and investigating authorities.

    Noted lawyer K T S Tulsi said the first thing is that it needs to be established as to how long the undertrial has been suffering from dementia.

    "Now if it (dementia) had settled at the time of offence, it may have a bearing on his culpability. As per the law, a demented person suffers from a global memory loss. If there is a memory loss at the time of the commissioning of the offence, it is not possible to have a fraudulent intention," Tulsi contended.

    Asked whether this could be used as an alibi by the accused to skirt the trial in the CWG scam, Tulsi said "it's a general trend that people take such recourse. What needs to be established is when the disease has affected him. Only after that can one decide whether it will have a bearing on the case or not."

    Dementia is considered to be a common problem associated with progression of a person's age in the country as 7.5 per cent of rural and 10.6 per cent of urban elderly are suffering from the memory-related disorder, according to a study published in medical journal The Lancet.

    Kalmadi, sacked as CWG Organising Committee chairman, is one of the 10 accused on charges of corruption, criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery in awarding a contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant cost.

    Kalmadi was taken to the hospital after a court allowed him to undergo a medical test on July 16 on the advice given by Tihar Jail's medical superintendent.

    The DIG said the advice was for an entire health check-up and not specific to diagnose any memory-related illness.

    Kalmadi's lawyer had also moved an application for him to attend the forthcoming session of Lok Sabha after the Speaker's office informed him that he would need to seek permission from the court. The plea will come up for hearing tomorrow.

    Another senior lawyer Manoj Taneja said the law was equal for all. "We should not start commenting only because he is Kalmadi. As an undertrial, he is also entitled for the best medical facility. As far as its effect on the trial is concerned, this will need a certification of medical experts who can say at what stage it was and whether he is medically fit to be tried in this case."


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    He was busy making money for himself in CWG, that is why he did not pay any attention to utilize that money from his fund. That is peanuts compare to money he made in CWG.
     
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    Pune's development works are in deep shit right now. And WTF is this excuse? "He was busy organizing games & later was busy defending corruption charges so couldnt approve projects in city" If former is the logic then the constituencies of every cabinet minister & national body official's are legally doomed.
     
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    HC to Kalmadi: What's the need to attend Parliament?? :lol:

    The Delhi HC on Friday grilled CWG case accused Suresh Kalmadi over his plea for permission to attend the monsoon session of Parliament.

    "There is nothing important like voting that is happening in Parliament or government is going to fall for which your presence is required in the Lok Sabha. Everyday proceedings are being telecast and you can send questions to the Lok Sabha Speaker," the judge said.

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

    HC to Kalmadi: What's the need to attend Parliament - Hindustan Times
     
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    CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi can't escape from law even if he has dementia, says Ajay Maken

    "As far as involvement of Mr Kalmadi is concerned, no one can get away with criminal involvement by saying that he doesn't remember anything now," Maken told a television channel from US.

    "So law will take its course, the govt also did not lack behind as far as the agencies like the CBI, the CAG, Shunglu Committee -- all of them have done their work well," he added.

    Maken said the evidences against Kalmadi are well documented and he can't escape from law.

    "I don't think anyone can escape from criminal responsibility just by saying that he does not remember anything now," he said.

    "Everything is in record, everything is on files and the CBI already has done so much. FIRs have been lodged, Shunglu Committee has come up with a report, CAG is going to come out with its report.

    "So now he can't say that since he doesn't remember anything, he can't be found guilty. Nobody should be allowed and nobody can be allowed to come out of this."

    Sharma had said yesterday that dementia at a preliminary stage was mentioned in the medical history submitted to Jail authorities by the family members of Kalmadi and that former MP was ailing much before he was arrested on the allegations of being involved in large scale corruption in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games.

    CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi can't escape from law even if he has dementia, says Ajay Maken - Economic Times
     

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