DDCA corruption row: Kirti Azad too attacks Jaitley with 52 questions, BJP says charges fake

"There is no personal animosity against anyone. My campaign is against corruption," said Azad in the conference which was also attended by Bishan Singh Bedi.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: December 21, 2015 10:22 pm
Kirti Azad with Bishan Singh Bedi in Delhi, Sunday. (Express Photo by: Amit Mehra) Kirti Azad with Bishan Singh Bedi in Delhi, Sunday. (Express Photo by: Amit Mehra)

Going public Sunday with his allegations of irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), BJP MP Kirti Azad targeted his own party leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is already under fire from the AAP government in Delhi and the Congress.

Azad released a video by Wikileaks4India and the Sun Star newspaper which purportedly show that 14 companies paid by DDCA for renovation works at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium do not exist in the addresses mentioned in the bills.

He did not name Jaitley but released a statement in which he posed 52 questions to the minister on not only his role in the DDCA but also his and his family’s alleged involvement in Hockey India.

Apart from the questions, Azad’s statement alleged that Jaitley attempted to sweep under the carpet the alleged DDCA irregularities.
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“Arun Jaitley conveniently avoided answering more than 200 letters and 500 messages about wrongdoing and swindling of DDCA money through his 14 years as president in DDCA but what has not come out from investigations is shocking… Several inquiries by ROC, SFIO, internal auditors, executive committee members, election commission appointed by sessions court and now a three-member committee of Delhi government etc have confirmed massive defalcations and round tripping of money and mismanagement,” his statement alleged.

After Azad’s press conference, BJP came out in Jaitley’s defence. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “We are proud of the impeccable qualities of honesty, integrity and credibility of Arun Jaitley. The transparency and credibility with which he has lived his public life all these years and his commitment to probity is well known.”

BJP spokesman Shrikant Sharma said: “These are fake and foolish allegations that have been in the public domain for a long time and we have already rejected them. As for Mr Arun Jaitley, he ceased to have anything to do with DDCA after 2013. This gentleman had approached the UPA government against him and got an SFIO inquiry instituted that cleared Jaitleyji… BJP has nothing to do with this, nobody can question Jaitleyji’s credibility and a leader of his stature does not need a certificate of honesty from AAP, Congress or anybody else. BJP and the government stand solidly behind him.”

Meanwhile, Jaitley is set to file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee. He accused them of issuing false and defamatory statements against him and his family members.

The statement which Azad released at a press conference, where he was accompanied by former Test cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi and office-bearers of DDCA, was headlined “Questions for Shri Arun Jaitley”.

Questions ranged from whether Jaitley’s election to DDCA was based on a “proxy system”, whether any of his relatives were involved in the affairs of the company 21st Century that allegedly received payments from DDCA and whether he interceded with the ministries of urban development and corporate affairs to sort out complaints against DDCA.

In one question, Azad asked Jaitley whether he was aware that an advocate “you brought into DDCA was a counsel of DDCA and yet was made a member of Company Law Board’s Lok Adalat to compound various applications of DDCA in CLB’s Lok Adalat in one day”.

Azad’s allegations were not limited to Jaitley’s role as an erstwhile cricket administrator but also extended to his and his family’s role in managing hockey in India.

In one question, Azad asked: “Is it true that your daughter and son-in-law are active members in Hockey India? How much money has been paid to them over the last five years for retainership in Hockey India, for consultancy and for being several committees of Hockey India?”

“As Finance Minister, are you aware that there is a direct conflict of interest to be actively or (in) Non Executive Advisor’s role in Hockey India where your name is used to pressurise various PSUs to give large amounts in sponsorship to a private hockey clique?”

Azad repeatedly professed his allegiance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as a “hero for his fight against corruption”. He sidestepped questions on Jaitley, admitted to a breakfast meeting with BJP president Amit Shah — in reply to a question whether his party tried to dissuade him from making the allegations — and did not deny meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi as was alleged by Jaitley in an interview in which he did not name Azad.

Asked to react to Jaitley’s claim that a BJP MP met Sonia Gandhi during the UPA rule to conspire against him, Azad said: “I have long family relations with Congress, my father was MP from the party. As MP, I meet many people everyday. The person making these allegations against me also knows many people. On that basis, do I go around making such claims against him?”

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    Bob
    Dec 21, 2015 at 10:30 am
    Ha Ha ! Act before talk. First prove in the court of law instead of engaging in sensational Media trial ! If you really want to fight against system of corruption there are many leaders that you can go against - Start with Lallu prasad Yadav ! Fight against those who are shutting down the parliment because a court summoned a family on prima facie charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust and dishonest misappropriation of property under relevant sections of the law.
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      Doggy_Kejriwal
      Dec 21, 2015 at 10:03 am
      this case will have same result as Kejiri and Gidhhkari case
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        Jim
        Dec 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm
        Oh yes a discussion on i n g DDCA is just what the nation needs more than anything else. Truly an issue of national importance, said to me this fisherman in the village of koncheiki 240 kms north of Chennai
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          Dads Money
          Dec 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm
          Kirti Azad is a loser. He probabably wants to know the name and ry of Jaitley's driver's brother's , sister-in-laws. Pathetic irrelevance's moment of fame and 5 minutes on TV.
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            K.Martin.Thore
            Dec 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm
            Before ascertaining the facts this MP has been suspended.This means blind support to a person.Pls find out first who is wrong and then take action pls.
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              Imran
              Dec 21, 2015 at 10:37 am
              In India only few politician sentence imprisonment for few days for corruption charges....
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                US NRI
                Dec 21, 2015 at 1:17 am
                Looks like I was wrong about jaitley. Always thought of him as a very intellectual and honest person. But why did kirti azad and BS bedi took so long to come and attack. Why would they wait so long to expose? Or did they need a opener like kejriwal?
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                  US NRI
                  Dec 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm
                  This is the reason modi has stuck to minimum no of ministers. The more the ministers the more the chances of frauds. Indian politics is a place where no what matter how clean you are your hands are gonna get dirty. Look at kejriwal and modi
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                    Yogesh
                    Dec 21, 2015 at 3:40 am
                    This are old questions raised in 2013 and investigated bi SFIO - why now same questions 3 yrs later again
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                      Yogesh
                      Dec 21, 2015 at 10:29 am
                      Why same charges 3 yrs later.....they have been out in the public since then..and given clean chit by Serious Fraud Office...that was commissioned by Congress
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                        anony
                        Dec 22, 2015 at 5:52 am
                        India is an unfortunate nation. our leaders are not setting a good example. Even L K Advani had resigned when his name cropped up in a certain matter.
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                          anony
                          Dec 22, 2015 at 5:49 am
                          Probity needs to be upheld at any cost. u brought down the previous govt to its knees, and now when you are running away from subjecting yourself to the same stds. How shameful!
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                            A.Bhatia
                            Dec 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm
                            Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told NDTV that PM Modi said Mr Jaitley would come out "with flying colours" in the cricket controversy much like BJP veteran LK Advani had emerged unscathed from Hawala charges in the 1990s." It was obvious. But why Jaitely has not filed defamation case against Kirti? BJP and Jaitely are sending wrong signals to people. It would have been better if Jaitely would have been asked by PM to resign.PM's statemnet that jaitely shall come clean is very immature as the investigations have not yet started. It's uttar failure of BJP that they could not convince Kirti even about the innocence of Jaitely. How then people believe Jaitely? If Jaitely is proved guilty in investigations, will it not badly expose Jaitely as well as PM and BJP? It will cosrs very dearly to BJP. Why the w party is putting its stack for the sake of one person? If Jaitely is innocent, he shall come out clean like Advani ji. Thit shall be much better for jaitely and BJP. Like Atal ji , PM Modi ji and BJP should demonstrate the highest level of honesy and transparancy.
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                              Anil
                              Dec 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm
                              16000 to Hire a laptop for a day. Children are starving to death !!!!! Anticorruption Jaitley !!!!
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                                Anil
                                Dec 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm
                                Baba Ramdev should remove Jaitley from the ministry.
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                                  Chand
                                  Dec 20, 2015 at 4:42 pm
                                  Kirti Azad apparently has a long standing personal grudge against Jaitley as he was being sidelined in the DDCA affairs. It's no secret that Azad himself was a beneficiary of the cricketing system as he kept his place in the national team despite poor performances due to his strong political connections.
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                                    Chand
                                    Dec 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm
                                    Kirti Azad and other detractors of Arun jaitley have suddenly lined up together to personally target him over a matter of corruption in DDCA. Kirti Azad was an above average cricket who got to play for India mainly due to his strong political connections. It looks like Azad was upset of being sidelined in the affairs of DDCA and holds a grudge against the finance minister for a long time. On the other hand, all the present leading cricketers of Delhi like Sehwag, Gambhir and Virat Kohli have expressed their support for Jaitley. A dirty personal and legal battle is on the cards due to which governance is taking a back seat.
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                                      ambrish
                                      Dec 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm
                                      Why BJP does not get rid off Sinha and other s who are seeking themselves above the party. I am against Congress style dictatorship but some form of party parliamentary board disciplinary action promptly. These bad apples spoil others and surrounding. Other alternative to feed the barking dogs so they are busy chewing.
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                                        amit
                                        Dec 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm
                                        What aa media is keep setting before the country. Nothing about GST performance ofRS. Is sick to see the anchors specially Arnab who turned bail for hi as mood of the nation.
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                                          Anand Prakash
                                          Dec 21, 2015 at 9:37 am
                                          BJP terms the accusations fake. Well that has been their style - deny and in due time it will be forgotten. Can Jaitley explain how a laptop costing Rs 25,000 or near abouts was rented by the DDCA @Rs 16,000 per day, and printers costing Rs 5000 rented @ Rs 3000 per day. If such silly irregularities happen under his watch, can we entrust the nation's finances to such an incompetent administrator like Jaitley?
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                                            Anand Prakash
                                            Dec 21, 2015 at 9:42 am
                                            What a stupid comment from a khaki chadhi! Answer to the point!!!
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