New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Friday said that sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who was released from jail on bail on Thursday, should have resigned from IOA presidency after he was charged with corruption in running the CWG.

“By not insisting to continue as the IOA president Kalmadi has done the right thing, but at the same time he has not resigned yet,” Maken said.

“So even though, while welcoming Kalmadi’s stand that he is not insisting to remain as the IOA president, I think there should be a permanent mechanism in place. We should not leave it to the wisdom or will of accused himself (to continue in his post),” he said.

Kalmadi was on Thursday granted bail by the Delhi High Court after spending nearly nine months at Tihar Jail here.

Maken said that the CWG corruption scandal strengthened his case for passing the Sports Bill by the Parliament, which he said would bring transparency in the functioning of all national sports bodies.

“It strengthens our views on the Sports Bill which we intend to bring, through which we want to bring transparency and efficiency in the functioning of all sports federations with age and tenure norms in place. Asking them to come under Right to Information Act,” said Maken.

“The Sports Bill will clear any such doubts in future and would not leave it to the accused himself to decide whether he wants to continue or not,” he said.

“It further strengthens our views and any opponent of the Sports Bill should now understand that there are these kind of dilemmas that they might have to face unless the Sports Bill is not passed,” he added.

The anti—Kalmadi group in the IOA has raised questions on why he was not stepping down from the post if he was not in a position to take charge again.

“He should resign officially and pave way for someone else to become the President. He should take into account public furore and sentiments,” a member of the rival faction said.

Kalmadi’s presence will also add a new dimension to the IOA elections, scheduled for later this year.

The IOA President was arrested by the CBI on April 25, 2011 in the Timing, Scoring and Result system scam.

Kalmadi had moved the High Court in January, seeking bail citing the Supreme Court’s judgment in 2G spectrum case and said it has been held that “bail is rule and jail is exception”.

(Agencies)