Panel to probe Jaitley-DDCA illegal: Centre tells Delhi government

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Arvind Kejriwal

In a confrontation of sorts, the central government on 8 January said the commission of inquiry, Gopal Subramanium committee, appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi to probe corruption in DDCA is illegal.

In a notification issued by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, the Union home ministry has stated that since Delhi was not yet a full-fledged state, thus, it has no jurisdiction or power to set up a commission of inquiry under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952.

Hitting back, the AAP government said only a court shall decide the constitutionality of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) panel and those raising questions about it are afraid.

The Subramanium panel was formed on December 21 by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to investigate the DDCA to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1992 and 2015. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013.

The Delhi CM alleged that Jaitley had committed financial irregularities while he headed the DDCA. Subramanium had composed a letter to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval asking for officers from CBI, the Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police to constitute a SIT for conducting an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Jaitley appearing before a local court, said Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders made false and defamatory statements against him. Recording his statement before chief metropolitan magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal, Jaitley dismissed the allegation that he had not received any money from anybody during his tenure as DDCA president.