A Delhi court has given permission to sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi to travel to London for the Olympics, says an NDTV report.
Kalmadi has been accused in the CWG graft case but still obtained permission after being asked to give a bond of Rs 10 lakh. The tainted MP's counsel gave an assurance that he would be available for every hearing and would not seek adjournments.
Kalmadi's plea said that he was required to attend certain meetings and conferences because he was a member of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Council.
IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel had sent him an invitation and a programme schedule for the Games. Kalmadi also placed on record the travel ticket sent to him.
His application said: "Applicant (Kalmadi), in his capacity, as a member of the IAAF Council and as president of Asian Athletics Association (AAA), is required to attend certain meetings, conferences and matters of the IAAF during the London 2012 Olympics from July 26 to August 13."
The court's statement said: "Accused no 1 (Kalmadi) is a member of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Council and President of Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and arguments on charge on his behalf are already over. The arguments on charge of the other accused in the case are going on and it will take time in concluding."
"Accordingly, the application of Kalmadi is allowed," the judge said.
Along with Kalmadi, 10 others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI for the illegal awarding of contracts to install Timing, Scoring and Results system at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. This has allegedly caused a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
Kalmadi, however, has sought permission for exemption from personal appearance but said he was willing to follow any conditions imposed through it.
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With input from Agencies