Arun Jaitley is Nutwarlal: AAP
Arun Jaitley is Nutwarlal: AAP
New Delhi,17 December: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today alleged massive corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), at a time it was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The allegation has been denied by Mr Jaitley, the BJP and the DDCA . “I have had nothing to do with cricket for years. There is not a grain of truth in the allegations against me,” Mr Jaitley said, adding that he would fight the charges politically. The BJP came out strongly in Mr Jaitley’s support and ruled out his resignation. Interacting with the media here, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said: “Jaitley is involved in scams worth crores when he was heading the DDCA. He used proxy litigations and fake bills to siphon money from DDCA’s treasury. The AAP leaders levelled a string of allegations against Jaitley, who was the DDCA chairman between 1999 and 2013. Accusing Jaitley of conniving with the DDCA treasurer Narendra Batra, the AAP said during Jaitley’s tenure, a budget of Rs.24 crore was approved to construct a stadium, whereas Rs.114 crore was spent. “Where is the rest of the money?” asked Chadha as he dared Jaitley to “publicly declare” his relation with Batra. Sharpening their attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, AAP on Thursday accused him of siphoning funds from the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) while he was its chief, through proxy litigations and fake companies and bills. AAP says the CBI raid on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s top bureaucrat Rajender Kumar on Tuesday was the cover for an attempt to take files linked to the alleged DDCA corruption. “BJP asked Manmohan Singh to resign over collective responsibility.
We demand that Modi remove his corrupt minister,” said AAP leader Kumar Vishwas at a press conference. Kumar said Mr Jaitley was the president of the DDCA for 13 years till December, 2013. “This scam was about siphoning off money by creating fake companies between 1999 and 2013 and one year after that. This went on for 15 years,” “When we tried to raise this with the Anti-Corruption Branch, it was taken away from us. The Chief Minister’s office was raided. His daily diary was taken up,” he said. One of the instances of corruption in his stewardship, says AAP, was in the construction of a stadium for which a budget of Rs. 24 crore was decided, but the expense shown was allegedly Rs. 114 crore. “Where did the difference of 90 crore go?” asked AAP’s Raghav Chaddha. Mr Jaitley hit back with a blog in which he said that Mr Kejriwal “seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in language that borders on hysteria.” He added: “No personal allegation ever made against me nor did I ever feel the need of contradicting it.” He further said that payments were made to companies which did not do any work. Furthermore, selectors were appointed without any criterion and the gates of the DDCA were only open to kids from rich families.The party reiterated its earlier stand and demanded Jaitley’s resignation.
“We demand Arun Jaitley to submit his resignation. Only then we can expect a fair probe,” Chadha said. DDCA strongly refuted AAP’s allegations of financial bunglings by Finance Minister and its former chief Arun Jaitley, saying that these charges were completely baseless and without any substanceDDCA’s working president Chetan Chauhan said that Jaitley had in fact worked for the betterment of cricket in general and had made the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium into a world class facility and it was uncalled for to drag him into this controversy. Chauhan read out the break-up of expenses incurred during the renovation of Feroz Shah Kotla to substantiate that there were no siphoning of funds during Jaitley’s tenure as DDCA president. Asked about Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir complaints of corruption in Delhi team selection, Chauhan said, “No one interfered (in team selection). 90 percent time we go with captain. As far as Viru calling DDCA corrupt, he will learn about how his new state association (Haryana) is run. Let us not get into that.”
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