'Forgetful' Kalmadi rapped by HC for seeking to attend Parl

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New Delhi, Jul 29: The Delhi High Court has rapped rumoured Dementia-hit and scam-tainted former Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi over his plea for permission to attend the Parliament.

He was asked to explain his attendance in Parliament through an affidavit. The High Court asked the lawyer representing him, "What is the need for him to attend Parliament unless there's voting on a bill or a motion? What is the need to attend Parliament when the proceedings are telecast live?"

The court also sought an affidavit from Kalmadi asking him to detail how many times he attended Parliament in the last five years and how many times he took part in discussions and asked questions. The court had sought the opinion of the CBI and the Home Ministry on this.

The CBI replied saying that if he is granted permission he might influence witnesses and if agreed should be carried out under strict conditions.

The Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh had earlier accepted Kalmadi's submission that the high court was the appropriate forum to decide his plea for custody parole to attend Parliament. The judje was quoted as saying, "The application dated July 22 of Suresh Kalmadi seeking permission to attend the eighth session of Parliament is dismissed as withdrawn."

Suresh Kalmadi had earlier written to Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar seeking permission to attend the monsoon session of Parliament that is slated to begin from Aug 1. She had replied stating that he would have to get adequate permission from court to do so.

Kalmadi's dementia claims had also caused some embarrassment with his statement on Thursday that had him declaring, "My brain is OK".

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