Rajya Sabha disrupted again over DDCA scam


New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha’s proceedings were again disrupted on Tuesday over the Delhi and District Cricket Association issue, as Congress members raised slogans against the government.

Congress leader Kumari Selja raised the issue soon after the upper house met.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, however, said an allegation against a member cannot be raised without prior notice.

The Deputy Chairman tried to make the house function, but the din continued.

After around half an hour, the house was adjourned till 12 noon.

The proceedings in the upper house were disrupted on Monday as well after Congress members demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation over alleged corruption in the DDCA.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued the notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The court sought replies from Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai by February 5, 2016.

Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages following the AAP leaders’ statements on alleged Delhi and District Cricket Association irregularities.

Jaitley also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Patiala House court, saying that the statements of these leaders would cause “irreversible damage” to his reputation.

Jaitley headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013.

Kejriwal has demanded that Jaitley must resign or be removed as union minister to enable free and fair probe into the DDCA issue. (With inputs from agencies)