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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.

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