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New Delhi: Aam Admi Party today opened another front against Arun Jaitley in the DDCA corruption issue with party leader Ashutosh alleging that the finance minister tried to interfere with the police investigation against the irregularities in the sports body.

Yesterday, CM Arvind Kejriwal in an interview with NDTV targeted the finance minister of India.

Today DDCA also said that they will file a defamation case against the AAP and its leaders.

The tussle is increasing every day with attacks and counter attacks being hurled at each other from both the parties.

The AAP versus BJP fiasco is nothing new in Indian politics. Arvind Kejriwal once said things about BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and in reply Gadkari filed a defamation case. It created controversy and lot of talks but after a while everybody moved past along.

There is a probability that this will also have the same fate. Ironically in India the more noise about an issue, the faster it dies.

It also raises the question why AAP is so interested in DDCA. The simple explanation is that they are the ruling party in Delhi and DDCA is the official cricket organisation of Delhi. It is also to be noted that DDCA is an autonomous body.

The other explanation is AAP acting as a vigilante, unearthing corruption happening anywhere.

There might be more to this strife between AAP and BJP over DDCA. First, it is simply an example of going after your opposition, trying to bring them down, ans malign their image, which will clearly lead to personal benefits.

First, it simply is an example of going after your opposition, trying to bring them down, maligning their image which will clearly lead to personal benefits.

Indian cricket is so strong at the world level that it almost acts like how America acts in general. There is a lot of power and money involved. Every politician in India tried to control their state’s cricket body which can lead them up to BCCI.

PM Narendra Modi himself was the Chief of the Gujarat Cricket Association while he was also the CM of the state. Now BJP Chief Amit Shah holds this position. Many leaders like Sharad Pawar, Anurag Thakur, and Jyotiraditya Scindia are the heads of their state’s cricket body. Arvind Kejriwal might be attempting to do the same thing.

This confrontation does not seem to end in the near future. It will be interesting to see if the allegations put forth by the AAP are proved right and what will be their consequences, and if not, then how much AAP will be able to retain its credibility as they have made so much noise already that it will be hard to take a step back.

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  • P. B. Josh

    Running hard, expending all its energy for this bouncers and Jaitley just ignores them. That is equivalent to common male action when he gets exhausted and achieves nothing.

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  • P. B. Josh

    Running hard, expending all its energy for this bouncers and Jaitley just ignores them. That is equivalent to common male action when he gets exhausted and achieves nothing.

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)