Published On: Mon, Dec 21st, 2015

Arun Jaitley sues Arvind Kejriwal over DDCA allegation

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed civil defamation suit in Delhi High Court against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders, amid a raging row over irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and allegations of corruptions against him by the Delhi Government.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today sued

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today sued Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders over DDCA allegation in Delhi High Court.

Jaitley has filed the defamation suit of Rs 10 crore against AAP leaders.

Jaitley’s office said he filed civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five members of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Kejriwal, who routed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state elections this year, accused Jaitley last week of allowing fraud at a cricket association he ran from 2003 to 2013.

Kejriwal’s team said Jaitley should resign or be removed to clear the way for a new investigation, and that they were planning to file a police case against Jaitley “very soon”.

Jaitley, a top member of the BJP, has said the allegations are baseless and absolutely false. His office said the suit was filed in his personal capacity.

The BJP’s battles with Kejriwal and another with opposition Congress over a corruption case against party leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul Gandhi, have come at the cost of the legislative agenda in the winter session of parliament.

Already, legislation to institute a national sales tax appeared to have been delayed because of disruptions in parliament.

Modi’s office and the BJP have called a meeting on Monday to discuss the allegations against Jaitley. Senior members of the BJP said they backed Jaitley.

CRICKET FRAUD

The fracas over Jaitley started last week after federal investigators raided Kejriwal’s office while investigating one of the top bureaucrats in the Delhi government.

Kejriwal alleged that the raid was Jaitley’s attempt to scuttle his investigation into alleged corruption at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

A 2014 inquiry into the DDCA unearthed auditing errors and unaccounted expenses that were sanctioned during Jaitley’s tenure.

Authorities unearthed more than a dozen fake contracts and fake companies that operated between 2003 to 2013 to transfer millions of rupees in cash, a senior DDCA official told Reuters on conditions of anonymity.

Two senior government officials said a DDCA committee, whose mandate was limited to investigating transactions in the 2013-2014 financial year, does not blame Jaitley but had uncovered “huge financial irregularity”.

Kirti Azad, a BJP lawmaker and former cricketer, has demanded fresh investigations.

Azad said large-scale rigging of accounts was rampant in the cricket board but he did not name Jaitley in the scam..

Inputs with Reuters

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