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CWG scam: BJP plays down Kalmadi bail grant

January 19, 2012 - New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that the bail granted to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi does not signify a 'clean chit' for him.

"I do not want to comment on the decision of the court. But I am of strong opinion that the bail is not a clean chit for any corruption or any scam in this case. As far as the total overall Commonwealth Game scam is concerned, the law will take its own course, and the culprit will definitely be booked," Naqvi told media here.

Another BJP leader Balbir Punj said it was really sad that culpable people are moving around scot-free.

"Bail to Suresh Kalmadi is a part of the legal process in our country. It shouldn't be construe, as a certificate of innocence to him. It is really sad that those who are at higher position, who are equally guilty, even more guilty of the scam running into more than 70, 000 crore, a scam that brought shame to the entire country, and they are still scot-free," Punj added.

BJP National General Secretary Vijay Goel said he was amazed by the court judgment.

"I am surprised with the decision of granting bail to Kalmadi, who was in Tihar jail because of corruption and other false practices. However, this is a process of law. If the law permits, he can get the bail," he added.

Goel said Kalmadi should reveal the charges against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram who too were involved in the scam.

"Though Suresh Kalmadi is out on bail, Sheila Dikshit and P. Chidambaram are still not in jail. Kalmadi should reveal the serious charges against them, also he should expose the people those who are involved in the Commonwealth Games scam," asserted Goel.

He was further hopeful that all accused involved in the 2G-spectrum allocation scam and Commonwealth Games scam would be punished soon.

"We demand that these cases should be heard in the court soon. Hearing should take place on day-to-day basis. Just like the way it is happening in the 2G-spectrum allocation scam. Cases should also be filed against those who are involved in the corruption, whether it is the Delhi Government or its chief minister or sports ministry or any other NDMC and DDA officials," Goel said.arlier in the day, the Delhi High Court granted bail to Kalmadi on a surety of Rs five lakhs.


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