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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)