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DDCA scam: Kejriwal refuses to apologize, BJP accuses him of ‘stating drama’


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he would not apologize to union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the DDCA row though the BJP was “begging” for it. However, the BJP retorted that “staging drama” on petty issues was Kejriwal’s political agenda.

“BJP almost begging me for an apology. Sorry. I won’t oblige them. Let Jaitley-ji be cross-examined in defamation cases. Let truth prevail,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Kejriwal’s comment came a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sought an apology from the chief minister stating that Jaitley was not named in the report of the Delhi government-appointed committee which probed the alleged Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam.

“No clean chit ever given by any Delhi government probe. That report confirmed several instances of wrong-doings, but did not fix responsibility,” Kejriwal tweeted.

“It didn’t mention anyone’s name and recommended (an) inquiry commission to fix responsibility, which we have done now,” Kejriwal said in a succession of tweets.

Reacting to Kejriwal’s comments, union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar of the BJP said: “Staging a drama everyday on petty issues seems to be Kejriwal’s political agenda.

“He should first talk about the auto permit scam which he did not reveal,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) backed its chief, saying the central government “has no authority” to stop the commission of inquiry from probing the alleged DDCA scam.

AAP spokesperson Ashutosh, addressing a press conference, said: “The central government is working under somebody’s influence and is making a joke out of itself.

“It has no authority to prevent the commission of inquiry from forming and functioning.”

Ashutosh said it was known to everyone that the Delhi High Court had on September 22 refused to stay the previous commission of inquiry from probing the CNG fitness scam.

The AAP claimed that the union ministry of sports and youth affairs had asked the Delhi government to probe the alleged irregularities in the DDCA and by “scuttling” the probe, it will only “contradict its order”.

Earlier on Monday, former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam agreed to chair the commission of inquiry to probe the alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA.

In a letter to Kejriwal, Subramaniam said: “I accept the decision of the cabinet to appoint a commission of inquiry which would be chaired by me. I assure you that I am keeping a completely open mind and starting my work with a clean slate.”

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the commission of inquiry was yet to start the probe, but the BJP was trying to create a misconception in the minds of people that Jaitley has been given a clean chit.

On Monday, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad said he had conducted a thorough investigation into the alleged DDCA scam and just wanted to expose the corrupt. Azad, however, refused to name Jaitley directly.

“Why are you taking the name of Arun Jaitley again and again? He is my leader and it’s his birthday today. I am only talking about corruption in the DDCA,” Azad, also, a former Indian cricketer told reporters.

“I would like to tell the CBI that I have already done all the investigation. There are efforts to stop the move to weed out corruption in sports.” (IANS)(Photo: The New Indian Express)


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


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

Azad's suspension

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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Modi’s Advani analogy hint for Jaitley to resign: Opposition


New Delhi: Was Prime Minister Narendra Modi subtly giving a hint to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign when he said that the BJP leader will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in the hawala case? At least, the Opposition believes so.

Congress and the Left reminded Jaitley on Tuesday that Advani had resigned when the hawala scam surfaced.

According to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Modi gave a hint to Jaitley that “he should resign, get himself cleared and come back”. 

“If the Prime Minister is drawing a parallel between Jaitley and Advani in the hawala case, I do not know whether the Prime Minister is giving a hint to Jaitley that he should also resign, get cleared like Advani and come back. I read the Prime Minister’s statement in this manner. That this is the Prime Minister’s signal to Jaitley. Unfortunately… I am sure Jaitley may be missing the point,” Yechury reportedly said.

Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad: “Today the Prime Minister said that Jaitley will come out of this like L K Advani in the Jain hawala case. I want to remind Jaitley that Advani had then resigned and had fought elections only after he got a clean chit from the Supreme Court. So is the Prime Minister advising Jaitley that he should also resign like Advani and not come back till he gets cleared.”

Azad pointed out that “not even one BJP MP or minister stood up and contradicted what Kirti Azad said in Lok Sabha, which meant they were in agreement with what he had said.” 

Raking up Jaitley’s opposition to the inclusion of the BCCI in the ambit of RTI when he was the Leader of the Opposition, Azad asked whether it was because there was rampant corruption in the sports bodies.

“It is a known fact that Arun Jaitley has in the past been a crusader for accountability and repeatedly invoked the dictum that ‘Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion’. The recent developments and revelations, therefore, make it imperative that he lives by the dictum and does not make untenable arguments that this case should be treated as an exception to the established principles of accountability in public life,” he said.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi supported Jaitley saying that the latter will come out of DDCA corruption charges with “flying colours”.

“Arun Jaitley will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani (senior BJP leader) did in the hawala case. The Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as saying at a BJP parliamentary party meeting.

“They tried the same with Sushma-ji, Vasundhara-ji and Shivraj-ji… they (the
Congress) only want to defame the government,” he quoted Modi as saying. (With inputs from agencies)