New Delhi : It was past 1 on the intervening night of Thursday-Friday when a Delhi Police beat constable found a car parked outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi. Peering inside he found three gentlemen. One of them was Suresh Kalmadi who had been released on bail from Tihar Jail just a few hours ago after spending nine months behind bars in the CWG scam.
“That is the Nehru stadium, remember, Kalmadi Saheb. You gave the speech at the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games here,” one of them was telling the former boss of the Indian Olympic Association. The constable who was witness to this exchange of words aimed at reminding Kalmadi of the CWG, told Tenali Rama that the tour to different stadia was having the desired effect. Kalmadi’s eyes, he said, lit up and he immediately said, “961 crores for renovation.”
Kalmadi was taken next to the Siri Fort Complex where his co-passengers reminded him of the gold medal won by badminton player Saina Nehwal. But Kalmadi looked lost and was heard muttering, “Should have made 95. Ghaata ho gaya.” It is debatable whether Kalmadi was talking about the medals he wanted India to win.
The night safari, sources tell Tenali Rama, did a world of good to Kalmadi who now plans to write a book on the CWG mess and his time inside Tihar. And he plans to spare none of his detractors. The Pune MP is believed to have told his friends that the dogs who jumped on the beds at the Games Village and created such bad publicity for the CWG, will come in for scathing criticism.
Kalmadi has been advised by his jailmate, Andimuthu Raja not to go for the auction route while choosing the publisher. Kalmadi is believed to be looking for a “world class publisher” and hopes to get the book released by Queen Elizabeth during the London Olympics in July-August.