New Delhi: Rejecting CWG Organising Committee former chief Suresh Kalmadi’s petition to attend the Monsoon session of the Parliament, the Delhi High Court pointed out Kalmadi’s intention to skip imprisonment. The High Court also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the Congress MP which will be deposited in the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

While hearing the petition on Friday, Justice RS Endlaw said it cannot be ruled out that the petitioner had skipped the Parliament sessions earlier as per his own convenience.

“It is understood the petitioner wants to escape imprisonment. It is also not the case where his mandate is important in the session or will affect the people of his constituency,” the court said.

 “Why the petitioner wants to attend the Parliament session now when he has skipped sessions earlier for petty issues?” the court asked.

It is clear that the MP from Pune wants to skip imprisonment and attend the session which will bring some relief to him.

“MPs are given privileges so that they can work for welfare of the common man,” the court said.

Meanwhile, the Patiala House Court has directed the Tihar jail officials and hospitals not to disclose Kalmadi’s medical condition.

The court also directed Kalmadi not to interact with media persons. He has been asked to keep the reports secret.

JPN/Bureau