DDCA controversy : Centre free to go court if any objection to probe



Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The war over DDCA between the AAP and the BJP seems far from over and continues unabated . According to latest media reports the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that if the Centre had any problem with the appointment of the inquiry commission to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA, it should go to court and reiterated that the AAP government would not step back from its decision.

“We will not back off our decision. If MHA has any problem with Delhi government’s notification to appoint Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA, it may approach the high court,” the Kejriwal said on Saturday.

Kejriwal said that an elected government of Delhi has power to constitute Commission of Inquiry and Centre can not declare the probe panel “null and void”.  His remark comes a few days after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung sought Centre’s intervention, questioning the legality of appointment of inquiry panel.

“In a communication to the ministry of home affairs, the L-G has stated that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 empowers only the Centre and state governments to appoint a commission of inquiry.

“Since, Delhi is a Union Territory, a commission of inquiry may be ordered only with the concurrence of the Centre, through the LG,” sources had said. Few days back  Kejriwal claimed that the L-G’s action amounts to “unjustified interference” as the inquiry is “perfectly” legal.

“We are not scared when all the agencies under them including police CBI, DRI are after us, why are they scared with one commission of enquiry,” he had said.

The Delhi government had earlier had  appointed a commission of inquiry headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and asked it to submit its report within three months.