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FIR illegal, Kalmadi tells court

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 06, 2013
First Published: 23:38 IST(6/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:40 IST(6/2/2013)

The Delhi high court on Wednesday issued a notice to the CBI on former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR and proceedings against him.

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Justice Kailash Gambhir sought the CBI’s response by March 7. A Delhi court had on Monday framed charges against Kalmadi and nine others for forgery, cheating and conspiracy in a corruption case related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Kalmadi moved court, calling the investigation against him “illegal” as he was a central government employee and no prior sanction from the government was taken to initiate an investigation under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Kalmadi, told the court that under section 6A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, his client was entitled to protection from any investigation in corruption cases.

However, the CBI countered the claim.The plea by Kalmadi said since no prior sanction was taken under Section 6A of the DSPE Act, the investigation is illegal.


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