According to Kalmadi’s attendance on the Lok Sabha website, in the seven sessions of parliament since 2009 he has attended the House on 76 days and absented on 82 days. The days which he could not attend parliament also include the time when he was preparing for Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
“He has been parliamentarian since 1982. It is his right to attend the session,” Kalmadi’s counsel argued, citing earlier court orders of different states that allowed former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, as also Rajesh Ranjan of the RJD, to attend the session while in police custody.
The home ministry and CBI opposed Kalmadi’s application saying he could influence witnesses while attending the session.