DDCA row: Sanghi seeks meeting with Rajnath, says pressure on naming ‘VIP’

In a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Sanghi said there was a “lot of pressure from various stakeholders” and a “considerable emphasis on naming… a certain VIP.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 14, 2016 2:58:31 am
Chetan B Sanghi Chetan B Sanghi

The chairman of the committee set up by the Delhi government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Chetan B Sanghi, has sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sources said Wednesday.

In a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Sanghi said there was a “lot of pressure from various stakeholders” and a “considerable emphasis on naming… a certain VIP.”

No decision has been taken yet on whether to grant Sanghi’s request for the appointment, said sources. The Home Ministry is the cadre controlling authority of Union Territory cadre IAS officers.

The committee set up by the Delhi government in November last year submitted its report within three days. On the basis of the report, the government appointed a Commission of Inquiry, headed by former solicitor general and senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, to investigate ‘irregularities’ in the DDCA.

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In December, the AAP government blamed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was DDCA president till 2013, for the alleged irregularities, following which he filed a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

In his letter to Mehrishi, Sanghi also made a request for central deputation and brought up issues connected to the DDCA, said sources.

“There was a lot of pressure from various stakeholders since the subject was very controversial. There were a lot of yesteryear cricket luminaries who were very vocal about the alleged mismanagement in DDCA,” he wrote.

“The media speculation was also rife with various angles to the issue… There was considerable emphasis on naming those at fault and in particular a certain VIP. Since the formal mandate was not to do so, a very tightrope walk was done. The short time-frame of three days also didn’t particularly help matters,” Sanghi wrote.

Sanghi, a 1988-batch AGMUT cadre officer, also detailed two Anti-Corruption Branch probes against him in the letter.

The cases were connected to his earlier stints as the CMD of the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation between 2010 and 2012. “Promptly enough, there were allegations in the media by political parties that these actions were on account of vendetta. I am not personally aware of the cause of these actions but have been distraught by the same,” Sanghi said in the letter.

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