In the escalating war-of-words surrounding CBI raids, Delhi’s ruling party AAP has demanded the resignation of finance minister Arun Jaitley, alleging large-scale financial irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association during Jaitley’s tenure as president of the board.
Addressing a press conference, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said, “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.”
“AAP wants to tell today that the raid at CM’s office was an attempt to cover corrupt activities done in the DDCA during FM Jaitley’s tenure as president,” he said. “Arun Jaitley has used DDCA for his benefit, he has tried to hide the corruption. It is impossible that the DDCA scam can be probed if Jaitley continues as FM”.
AAP’s national spokesperson Raghav Chadha said, when Jaitley was the DDCA president, Rs 57 crores were siphoned off in the reconstruction of the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium.
“The DDCA had planned to reconstruct the stadium at a cost of Rs 24 crore. In total, Rs 114 crore were spent. Engineering Projects India Ltd (EPIL), a PSU, which constructed the stadium, were paid only Rs 57 crore. Where did the remaining Rs 57 crore go?” he asked.
No reason was given for the grant and a DDCA fact-finding committee said that it was a case of theft and criminal breach of trust. “Five companies were paid lakhs of rupees. Their registered office, e-mail, directors, shareholders are all same.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the CBI had searched his office for files linked to the DDCA. The AAP chief alleged that that the raids were aimed at seizing files to help finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was the president of the DDCA for 13 years. He said the team didn’t take the document related to DDCA only after he briefed the media about the said matter.
Yesterday, the opposition Congress, also demanded the resignation of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged financial irregularities in DDCA during his tenure.
Maintaining that Jaitley won’t be resigning from his post, the Centre, however, said that there won’t be any Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe against him.