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‘Azad’s suspension reflects Modi’s style of functioning’

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New Delhi: The Congress took a dig at the BJP saying that BJP MP Kirti Azad’s suspension was an illustration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dictatorial style of functioning.

The suspension of Kirti Azad from the Bharatiya Janata Party is nothing but a manifestation of the corruptionphilia that grips the party, Congress leader Randip Surjewala said in a statement on Wednesday.

It is yet another statement on Modi’s and BJP president Amit Shah’s style of functioning that is nothing but ‘my way or highway’, Surjewala said.

He also said that BJP leaders facing allegations were sheltered by Modi’s “immunity” and complainants against corruption were suspended.

“Is this what probity and accountability in public life all about?” added the Congress leader.

The BJP on Wednesday suspended Kirti Azad, who has alleged large-scale corruption in Delhi’s cricket body when it was headed by now Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (IANS)(Photo: Youtube)

 

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Kirti Azad to file petition in high court regarding DDCA row

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New Delhi: Kirti Azad, Former Indian cricketer requested for the appointment of an administrator to manage alleged financial irregularities in District Cricket Association (DDCA) and Delhi. He will also file a petition to the Delhi High Court regarding this.

The suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) said the petition will also be impleading the central and state governments, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) besides all current and former DDCA officials, including former President and current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“Once Justice Mukul Mudgal’s second report (on financial irregularities) on DDCA is submitted, we will attach it with our written petition, demanding the appointment of an administrator. We would also demand a time-bound Special Investigative Team (SIT) probe on mismanagement that has been going on in DDCA,” Azad told reporters at his residence here.

“We will file a petition against the Centre as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Urban Development is part of it. Concerning the state government, my complaint is against the Entertainment Tax Department for not raising questions (about irregularities). I also hope CBI starts an inquiry and not be a ‘caged parrot’ as the Supreme Court has termed it.”

Azad thanked and praised Justice Mudgal for the successful conduct last year of the India-South Africa Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi.

“For the first time since 1982, DDCA made profit from a Test match. The last time DDCA made profit was in 1982 in the Test match against England,” the 57-year-old said.

“That is also because BCCI organised the match with state association officials being behind bars after a CBI enquiry. They (DDCA) are so shameless that they even tried to hoodwink Justice Mudgal by submitting fake bills,” said the former all-rounder.

The 1983 World Cup-winner released a letter he wrote to Jaitley, dated September 13, 2015, where he alleged that the senior BJP leader played a “nefarious role” in DDCA affairs.

BJP has suspended Azad for his attack on Jaitley and served him a show cause notice, asking why he should not be expelled. Azad claimed that BJP will revoke his suspension as he had not targeted the party or the government but only corruption.

Azad was accompanied by former international cricketers Maninder Singh and Surinder Khanna and Dronacharya awardee cricket coach Gurcharan Singh.(IANS)

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DDCA scam: Sanghi says there was pressure on him to name a certain VIP

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New Delhi: Chetan Sanghi, who headed a three-member team to probe alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association, has said there was pressure on him to name a certain VIP in the report prepared in a mere three days.

Sanghi, one of the most senior bureaucrats in the Delhi government, said he had to walk a “very tight rope” to not name anyone as it was not the formal mandate of the committee.

Sanghi said this in a letter to the union home ministry, requesting a post in the central government since he was “distraught” over the developments following submission of his report — two FIRs against him for alleged wrongdoing.

In the letter to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Sanghi said that on November 12, 2015, he was asked by the Aam Aadmi Party government to head the three-member committee to inquire into the alleged DDCA irregularities and submit the report in three days.

“There was a lot of pressure from various stakeholders since the subject was very controversial,” Sanghi wrote.

“There was a considerable emphasis on naming who were at fault and in particular a certain VIP. But since the formal mandate was not to do so, a very tight rope was taken. The short time-frame of three days also didn’t particularly help matters,” he added.

Sanghi said that after the report’s submission, two first information report were filed against him by the Anti-Corruption Branch for alleged wrongdoing during his tenure as CMD of Delhi Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation between 2010 and 2012.

The senior officer said he was distraught over the developments, asking the ministry to assign him a posting on central deputation.

The Delhi government has set up a Commission of Inquiry headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam to probe alleged corruption in the DDCA — headed by Arun Jaitley, presently the union finance minister, for 13 years until 2013. (IANS)(Photo: The Hindu)

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Kirti Azad vows to keep fighting graft in DDCA

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Kochi: Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirti Azad on Sunday promised to keep fighting the corruption in DDCA. He said he would continue to fight graft in Delhi District Cricket Association.

Azad said he had sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and was awaiting a response.

“No one can stop me… I will go on fighting corruption,” he told reporters here.

“I am happy that the BJP is soon going to hold a parliamentary party meeting on this (issue). I have been in the party for 24 years now. I really don’t know what wrong I have done,” the BJP Lok Sabha member said.

“I have written 200 letters and 500 emails to (former DDCA chairman and present finance minister) Arun Jaitley. I am not raising this issue against anyone as my aim is to fight corruption,” Azad said.

The BJP leader said the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi was renovated at a cost of Rs.58 crore but bills and vouchers for only Rs 25 crore were available.

“If one wants to learn corruption, the best way is to join the DDCA,” Azad said.

As for a defamation case against him, Azad said it would help him prove his point.

The MP from Darbhanga in Bihar was suspended on December 23 for what the BJP called “anti-party activities” after he alleged corruption in the cricket association that was earlier headed by Jaitley for 13 years.(IANS)