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Former chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday sent to eight days police custody by a city court here.

Kalmadi, who was arrested on Monday for alleged irregularities in awarding contracts for the October 2010 Games, had spent the night in CBI custody.

66-year-old Kalmadi has been accused of awarding illegal contracts to a Swiss firm for Timing-Scoring-Result system for the Games causing a loss of Rs 95 crore to the exchequer.

“I am granting him police custody till May 4,” ordered Additional District Judge Talwant Singh.

The judge also said that during this period, Kalmadi “would be medically examined after every 48 hours and could also meet relatives and counsellors everyday for 40 minutes.”

Kalmadi’s arrival at the Patiala House court complex was very dramatic. An unemployed man flung a slipper at him as he was entering the complex escorted by a posse of policemen. The person, identified as Kapil Thakur, was immediately detained, police said.

Slipper flung at Kalmadi

An unemployed man Tuesday flung a slipper at former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi as he was entering the Patiala House court premises.

Kalmadi, who was arrested Monday by Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged financial irregularities in the granting of contracts for the October 2010 sporting event, spent the night in the CBI lockup.

As the Congress MP was walking to the court, a man, later identified as Kapil Thakur, first tried to break the police cordon and, when he failed, chucked a slipper.

Kalmadi looked a bit taken aback, but was immediately rushed into the courtroom by escorting policemen.

Thakur, wearing a T-shirt, was whisked away to the Tilak Marg police station. Police officers said they were questioning him. “He is unemployed and belongs to Madhya Pradesh,” the official told.

Kalmadi, an MP from Pune, was arrested after nearly daylong questioning by the CBI at its headquarters here for alleged criminal conspiracy and overspending of public money in holding the Oct 3-14 Games last year.

Kalmadi was arrested for “conspiracy to favour a private firm in Switzerland”.

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