The battle between AAP government and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over DDCA continues. In the latest round of charges and counter charges, the AAP government has clarified that no clean chit was ever given to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged scams in DDCA, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted on even as he chastised BJP for “almost begging” for an apology from AAP for targeting the Finance Minister who he said was “running away” from the investigation initiated by the Delhi Government.
BJP reacting to AAP charges accused Kejriwal of staging “some drama” every day.”He has to stage some drama every day. He can also (question) Obama. The Centre is not against any Commission but only what is permitted under rules and regulations,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Rejecting BJP’s contention that Jaitley’s name did not figure anywhere in the report of a Delhi Government-appointed inquiry committee, Kejriwal and top leadership of AAP spoke in one voice and said the “scam” in DDCA took place when Jaitley was heading it for 13 years till 2013.
Javadekar targeted Kejriwal who asked Jaitley to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry ordered by his government to go into the affairs of DDCA. BJP has argued that the Delhi government does not have necessary powers to constitute such a Commission.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the mandate of the committee was not to scrutinise role of any individual and that it looked into broader issues in the cricket body by referring to reports of DDCA’s Fact Finding committee, its internal audit, SFIO report and report of a two-judge committee.
“No clean chit ever given by any Delhi government probe. That report confirmed several instances of wrongdoings but did not fix responsibility. It didn’t mention anyone’s name and recommended Enquiry Commission to fix responsibility, which we have done now,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Sisodia posed four questions to Jaitley and BJP and said, “Our panel has not named anyone in the report. Does that mean that corruption happened during the period but ghosts did it? Why there is so much rush to absolve Jaitley? Why so much pressure? Probe by the Commission of Inquiry has begun yesterday only. Gopal Subramaniam whom we appointed as its chief had given the letter of acceptance yesterday,” Sisodia told reporters.
Referring to certain allegations against DDCA, Sisodia said, “Wasn’t Jaitley the head of DDCA during from 2000 till 2013 when these irregularities happened? When laptops were hired at Rs 16,000 per day when cost of renovation of the the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium escalated to Rs 144 crore from Rs 24 crore. The companies that were given contracts in that period had same directors and same addresses. Does not this indicate towards corruption? How did this happen then? Who did it?”