Suresh Kalmadi: From politics to scams

In politics, the rise of Suresh Kalmadi has been meteoric with a plenty of inflections. In 1977, Suresh Kalmadi was the district president of Congress’ youth wing and in four years, he was the member of the Rajya Sabha.

The cadet who passed out of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla was commissioned as an Air Force Pilot, only to join public life and become the right hand man of the rising star in Maharashtra Politics, Sharad Pawar.

So much so that he was to head the youth wing of Congress when Pawar engineered a split in the grand old party in late 70s.

From then onwards, there was no looking back for Kalmadi, the greenhorn was in the Rajya Sabha at the age of 37 and had established himself as the Pawar’s right hand man.

Kalmadi returned to Congress with Pawar, but this time switched loyalties to become the minister in the Narasimha Rao government.

Since then, the mentor and the protege have not seen eye to eye.

Simultaneously Kalmadi made foray into another field – management of sports associations and was elected the President of the Indian Olympic Association in 1996 and has since then held the post.

He was also elected the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

With accusations of mismanagement and bungling flying thick and fast in the run up to the games, the Congress started distancing itself from Kalmadi and post the games, he was asked to resign as the treasurer of the Congress’ parliamentary party, even as the CBI swooped down on him and his associates across the country.

Suresh Kalmadi was arrested on Monday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for irregularities in a Commonwealth Games corruption case. He has been arrested under Sections 120 B and 420 (criminal conspiracy and cheating) of the Indian Penal Code in the Commonwealth Games Time Scoring Equipment scam.

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