Friday, August 5, 2011

Kalmadi can’t attend Parliament: HC

New Delhi: In a setback to Suresh Kalmadi, the Delhi High Court on Friday refused permission to the Congress MP, lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with CWG scam, to attend the ongoing Parliament session and imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on him.
“Allowing the petitioner to attend the Parliament, even in judicial custody, would certainly provide the petitioner respites from imprisonment. I see no reason to carve out an exception in favour of the petitioner when his fellow prisoners are not provided such relief,” Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said while dismissing 67-yearold Kalmadi's plea.
The CBI had vehemently opposed the plea saying the MP was making all attempts to get bail indirectly after he was denied relief by the trial court.
“I find no merit in the petition. The petition is dismissed with cost of Rs 1 lakh and the same should be deposited with the Prime Minister's Relief Fund,” the judge said.
The court had reserved its order on the issue on August 1.
“Merely because the petitioner (Kalmadi) is MP does not entitle him to claim any exception from the effect of being in detention. Else, the petitioner has not made out any case necessitating him to attend the Parliament,” Justice Endlaw said. PTI

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