Kirti Azad calls for probe as Congress demands Jaitley’s resignation

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BJP lawmaker and former cricketer Kirti Azad has demanded a time-bound SIT probe against the alleged financial bungling in DDCA, while the Congress has called for the resignation of finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has dismissed the charges against him as “baseless” and “wrong”.

Led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Congress staged a walkout from Lok Sabha while the Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned over the issue.

In Lok Sabha, Kirti Azad suggested the Congress party seek a time-bound SIT probe as they were shouting slogans in the Well, demanding the resignation of the Union Finance Minister, who formerly headed the DDCA.

Supporting Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said , the finance minister is known for his “impeccable character, honesty and maintaining high standards in public life”.

Jaitley said, “The charges (against me) are baseless and wrong. This is all I have to say.”

Earlier today, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley filed a civil defamation suit in the Delhi High Court against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements made against him and his family members.

Jaitley arrived at Patiala court, New Delhi, on Monday, along with other top ministers Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani, JP Nadda, Nalin Kohli among others.

The Union Finance Minister has sought a Rs 10 crore civil defamation case in the Delhi High Court against the Delhi CM and five other leaders, namely, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee.

The civil suit on behalf of Jaitley will come up in the normal course of listing, said Advocate Manik Dogra.

Jaitley, yesterday, had said that, he would also filed a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and other five AAP leaders at the Patiala House court. The Union Minister chose not to give any legal notice to the AAP Chief Kejriwal and other leaders of the party, he instead, he straightaway filed a case in the court.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s action, comes in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial mishandlings in Delhi and District Cricket Association, which he headed as president for about 13 years, up till 2013.