Dismissing BJP's demand for an apology, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister questioned financial irregularities in DDCA's functioning and issuance of tenders for work already done
New Delhi: There is no question of giving a 'clean chit' to Union Finance Minister and former DDCA chief Arun Jaitley when an investigation into its alleged financial irregularities has not even begun, the Delhi government said on Monday.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and CM Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference. File Pic
“No clean chit has been given to anyone in Delhi cricket body probe. The enquiry is yet to begin,” Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.
The BJP on Sunday pointed out that a Delhi government report on irregularities in the DDCA did not even name Jaitley, who headed the association from 1999 to 2013. The BJP said the AAP government owe Jaitley an apology for falsely accusing him of observing corrupt practises, even though its own report found nothing culpable against him.
Dismissing the BJP's demand for an apology, Sisodia raised a number of questions on financial irregularities in DDCA's functioning and in giving tenders for work already done.
“Election commission of DDCA, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), and fact-finding committee have found scams involving crores of rupees.
How fake companies were created and given tenders and how payments were given for work, which had already been done. The election commission reports also say that private cricket academies are being run under the umbrella of DDCA. There is no scope for students of school and colleges to participate in league matches of DDCA,” he said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal yesterday said he will not apologise to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the DDCA row, and added that the Bharatiya Janata Party was 'begging' for it. "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. The BJP had sought an apology from Kejriwal on Sunday, saying that Jaitley was not named in the inquiry report.
Want to expose the corrupt: Kirti Azad
Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad yesterday said he wants to expose the corrupt in Delhi and DDCA. "I have not done anything against the party... but I want to expose those who are corrupt in the DDCA. I brought out a lot of things (corruption matters) before the then head, but nobody cared," Azad told media persons here. He also refused to directly name Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for 13 years.
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