Arun Jaitley tells court: I did not receive any money as DDCA chief

Arun Jaitley told the court that the statements were made with malicious intention in order to lower his reputation amongst his friends and supporters.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | Delhi | Updated: January 6, 2016 10:24 am
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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday told a Delhi court that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders had allegedly made defamatory statements and targeted him for alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). He added that their “intention was to deflect attention from a CBI investigation against a particular civil servant” working with Kejriwal.

Jaitley was deposing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal in the criminal defamation case filed by him against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.

Jaitley told the court that during his tenure as DDCA president, he “did not receive, directly or indirectly, a single rupee” from the association “on any account whatsoever”. He said he used to chair the DDCA board meeting, where only “important decisions” were put up for approval.

“The statements were made with malicious intention in order to lower my reputation amongst my friends and supporters…,” Jaitley told the court.

“Between December 1999 and December 2013, I was president of the DDCA. I discharged my functions lawfully and with utmost integrity… I have not even charged any amount towards my expenditure,” Jaitley added.

On the allegation by AAP of additional expenditure incurred while renovating Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium against the sanctioned budget, Jaitley said, “Executive committee/Boards of Directors of the DDCA had, at the relevant time, authorised a committee to supervise the construction… I was not a member of the committee charged with the construction of the stadium.”

“The accounts of DDCA were always duly audited and subsequently approved by the DDCA annual general meeting. These were submitted before the taxation authorities. The balance sheets, along with the annual report, were filed with the Registrar of Companies,” he said.

Jaitley also responded to allegations that 21st Century Media (TCM) was asked to sell and sub-lease corporate boxes at Kotla for 10 years at Rs 36 crore, for which a commission of Rs 5.4 crores was “paid” to the company. He told the court that TCM had been “professionally retained by the DDCA” for marketing seats and that neither him nor his family “had been a shareholder/director or had any fiduciary or pecuniary relationship” with TCM or its Director Lokesh Sharma.

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First Published on: January 6, 2016 2:58 am
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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:41 am
    He has given contradictory statements.When he was president they formed a committee which was responsible for construction and he was not involved in it.As President how come he did not know what the committee was doing?if common Indians can find s in his statements then how come Judiciary with its educated cl accepts the statements? Politicians no matter of which party are making fool of the educated Indians. It's high time Indians stood up to this.
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      indian
      Jan 6, 2016 at 3:34 am
      Facts don't matter Mr. Jaitley. Anyone who doesn't have Kejriwal's honesty certificate is corrupt
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        Rabidity
        Jan 6, 2016 at 12:28 am
        Of course JOOT-LIE. You only facilitated THE LOOT, YOU RABID BRAHMIN!!!
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          Jaitley_K_Jaitely_Ya
          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:31 am
          BUTCHER DID NOT BUTCHER!!!! ROBBER DID NOT ROB!!!! M MURDERER DID NOT M MURDER!!!! JAITLEY DID NOT........JAITELEY!!!!!
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            George
            Jan 6, 2016 at 6:10 am
            All evidence proves that DDCA scams is on going process only way for Mr. Jaitley is to prove that was is not the president of DDCA for last 15 years. that would be more easy for him
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              Anil
              Jan 6, 2016 at 1:09 am
              Where there is a brahmin, there is a criminal! Where there is a criminal, it is a brahmin! Where there empty space, a brahmin creates a criminal! Else a brahmin cannot survive!! Look at Venkataraman Shenoy, a pure brahmin, justifying corruption as if he was always beside Jaitely all those 13 years when he was DDCA president.
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                Anand Prakash
                Jan 6, 2016 at 7:00 am
                Hey Kolsat, you bhakt, learn to be civil and respect others opinions. Your icons are now falling by the roadside. And the language you is typical of the BJP trollers - when short of arguments, abuse.
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                  Arvind
                  Jan 6, 2016 at 1:55 am
                  One suspects whether Arvind Kejriwal is coming from IIT background after seeing another ex-CM of Goa and now Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who is also coming from IIT Background .AK knows only shouting in public but when it comes towards good governance he is a big zero.He always blame Centre for his failure.People have realised that he does not any intrest in good governance.He should happy that law and order is with centre at such he can concentrate on good governance.
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                    AlsoIndian
                    Jan 6, 2016 at 4:56 am
                    It is not me, they paid to my daughter.
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                      BM Singh
                      Jan 5, 2016 at 11:23 pm
                      Mr. Karunakaran, Pl at least post a new statement. Why are you polluting by repeating same venom in all different reports. please react to the contents of the report if you have some knowledge of language. Please do not waste time of others.
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm
                        Nobody that I know believes one word coming out of dopey Jaitley. I would not trust him even if my life depended on it. If BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know whose presence made it happen. Remember that he lost the elections! But he managed to get in. But now, if BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know who to blame. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media.
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                          Venkatraman Shenoy
                          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:26 am
                          Arun jaitley did the right thing by taking Kejri and his loudmouths to court for defamation. This he did as any common man would, not as a VIP or as a central Minister. People have appreciated this fact. Besides, Kejri has the habit of calling every big industrialist or businessman or politician as a chor, tax evader, as a fraud etc. He is already on record for having defamed Gadkari and then losing the case and then tendering an apology in writing.
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                            Col S
                            Jan 6, 2016 at 3:04 am
                            As president of DDCA, he is ACCOUNTBLE and RESPONSIBLE for EVERY commission and OMMISION.. He is talking as if he is a baby any and S TILL CALLS " ROTI as TOTI". SHAME. Be a MAN and FASCE the charges.
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                              Kolsat
                              Jan 6, 2016 at 2:46 am
                              Do not be stupid. In India in almost every state non-Brahmins are in power and many of them are under suion of bribery and corruption. Anyone who is uming and going around saying/writing that Jaitley is corrupt should wait and see what the court says. I am neither a supporter nor and opponent of Jaitley all I am saying is wait and see what happens. If you think he is guilty go and say it openly in public and not through internet and see what happenns. You will find yourself in the court.
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                                Kolsat
                                Jan 6, 2016 at 2:48 am
                                Go to you came from and stop soiling these pages with your intemperate remarks.
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                                  Dinesh Singh
                                  Jan 6, 2016 at 12:53 am
                                  Really, he did as a common man do. He took 13 ministers and scores of BJP leaders to file a case. I dont know how many ministers will accompany a common man to file a case. I am happy he filed this case because he think he is a lawyer and can manite it in court but that is his biggest mistake. He will be exposed very badly. Just wait and watch.
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                                    Dinesh Singh
                                    Jan 6, 2016 at 12:50 am
                                    Yes Mr. Jhoot-ley you did not do anything. You didn't have to your chums were doing this and you were saving them?
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                                      Santano Fernandes
                                      Jan 6, 2016 at 6:04 am
                                      " He said he used to chair the DDCA board meeting, where only “important decisions” were put up for approval " ( when FM is heading he gives this argument to the court ) Our earlier Primer Minister Mr. Quite MMS was saying the same thing above what FM is saying. But even though BJP were calling him CHOR in the parliament because of CoalGate, TelecomGate, all Gates which happened when MMS was the PM. So the court should tell the samething to the Finance Minister and shut his mouth saying that whoever the person heading the insution is ultimate responsible for all the happenings below. So this case of the FM should dismissed and should be put on trial for corruption in the Criminal Court under IPC section 301, 350, 397, 420.
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                                        GIDDY
                                        Jan 6, 2016 at 3:51 am
                                        Jaitley can't escape..He has to answer Ram Jethmalini's SHARP, POINTED arguments, questions and cross-examinations in court...Already facts are coming out against Jaitley...His 2 letters to Delhi police... AAP released Chetan Chouhan's 10 Page REPORT on DDCA......Many facts will come one by one....If Kirti files a PIL in court, then Jaitley has to face Subramaniam Swamy...Torture of Truth ahead for Jaitley...
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                                          GIDDY
                                          Jan 6, 2016 at 3:38 am
                                          On DDCA scam, Jaitley's usual and casual reply is" I am non-executive president. " But, Kirti Azad asks "If you look into the memoum of ociation and articles of ociation, there is nothing known as non-executive president. If you are a non-executive president then why are you chairing the AGMs and why have you signed the balance sheet?" -
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                                            GIDDY
                                            Jan 7, 2016 at 12:54 am
                                            No politician in India receives bribes or illegal money and other dubious financial benefits directly by himself but through their binamis, wives, close relatives and close friends.....Kirti Azad and AAP allege that Jaitley's daughter, sin-in-law and close family friend Lokesh Sharma were involved in DDCA scam with full knowledge of Jaitley... A thorough and deeper probe will reveal it...But Jaitley is NOT ONLY evading to appear before Commission of enquiry and BUT ALSO make it null and void through puppet LC Jung...
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