New Delhi: The arrest of sacked chairman of the CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi has all the potential to give new dimensions to the entire episode.  Kalmadi, Congress MP from Pune, has been invoking the ‘collective responsibility’ theory in his defence for the CWG mess from very beginning. 

And now, the statements of Kalmadi in CBI custody would determine how many more heads would roll in connection with the CWG overlays scam.

If Kalmadi sticks to his stand he has been taking in the past, it would come as a bad news for several top politicians and bureaucrats, both at the Centre and Delhi government.

Though Kalmadi has been accused in connection with Queen's Baton Relay and TSR (timing scoring and result) case, but it’s quite likely that the CBI would interrogate him on other related issues as well.

If Kalmadi opens up, that might create problems for Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, Union Sports Minister MS Gill and around ten top bureaucrats attached with ministries at the Centre.

Lots of questions have been raised regarding the role of bureaucrats who were actively involved in the functioning of several important committees of CWG like finance, administration and Surveillance.

Role of PMO and several central committees on CWG can also come under scanner after Kalmadi’s statement.
It would also be interesting to see what Kalmadi has to say about Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell and Federation Chief Executive Officer Michael Hooper.

Dark clouds are hovering over the political career of Suresh Kalmadi. While Congress has suspended him from the primary membership of the party, Kalmadi is also likely to lose the post of Indian Olympic Association president.


JPN/Bureau