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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    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.
    1. I
      Jan 6, 2016 at 3:34 am
      Facts don't matter Mr. Jaitley. Anyone who doesn't have Kejriwal's honesty certificate is corrupt
      1. R
        Jan 6, 2016 at 12:28 am
        Of course JOOT-LIE. You only facilitated THE LOOT, YOU RABID BRAHMIN!!!
        1. J
          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:31 am
          1. G
            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
            1. A
              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.
                1. A
                  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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