New Delhi: Delhi High Court appointed observer Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal on Saturday said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal "insisted" on having the state government felicitation of World Cup-winning cricketers on the field of play of Feroz Shah Kotla, which he could not have allowed as per BCCI directives.

Justice Mudgal
Justice Mudgal

Mudgal, in fact, showed a chain of messages with a lawyer named Rahul Mehra (Delhi government's counsel), who was talking to him on behalf of Kejriwal.

"Rahul was sending me the messages of the CM as I did not speak to him personally. In one of the messages, it was written that it should be insisted that venue of the scheduled programme cannot be changed. I replied stating that DDCA is bound by BCCI's directive which cannot be changed," Mudgal told PTI.

"I told Rahul that alternate arrangement can be made but he sent a whatsApp reply on behalf of CM that stated: 'No Sir'."

Mudgal showed the entire chain of conversation to the mediapersons, which also included a message sent by Mehra on CM's behalf stating: "You are the boss."

"Once BCCI said that it cannot be allowed after the start of play, I had to follow the norms," said Justice Mudgal.