Kalmadi took meditation course in jail

Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who recently secured bail from High Court in 2010 Games-related graft case, had enrolled for proper meditation course at Tihar Jail after he went into mild depression, said a source in the jail.

“To overcome depression, Kalmadi has undergone 11 day course of meditation and religiously attended every session. It seemed to have helped him," said a source in jail adding that Kalmadi had joined the course twenty days ahead of his release. Quoting Kalmadi, the source said, he was 'very content after completing the course' and thanked the jail authorities for it.

Elaborating on the course, a Tihar official said that every month each sub- jail organise a meditation course where inmates are taught how to identify underlying areas of tension and to deal with it.
 The official said that around 12 regular mediation gurus every month take classes at 10 sub-jails of Tihar which houses more than 12,000 prisoners.

The 67-year-old Kalmadi was lodged in sub jail number 4 after arrested on April 25 last year.
“He remained in a 15X10 feet cell for nearly nine months just reading newspapers and watching television,” said a senior jail official.

The official said that Kalmadi, an MP from Pune, was not so demanding unlike the 55-year-old politician Amar Singh, who was in the jail for his alleged role in the cash-for-votes scam.

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