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No clean chit to Arun Jaitley, I won’t apologise: Kejriwal on DDCA row

Arvind Kejriwal clarified that the government probe did not give a clean chit to anyone, but the report merely confirmed several wrongdoings in the DDCA without taking names.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2015 2:57:00 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back at the BJP on Monday over the party’s demand that he apologise after the state government-appointed three-member probe panel did not name Arun Jaitley in its 237-page report on the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association.

“BJP almost begging me for an apology. Sorry. I won’t oblige them. Let Jaitley ji be cross-examined in defamation cases. Let truth prevail,” Kerjiwal said on Twitter.

Kejriwal clarified that the government probe did not give a clean chit to anyone, but the report merely confirmed several wrongdoings in the DDCA without taking names. He wrote on Twitter that the panel recommended an inquiry commission to take up the investigation and name the ones responsible for the alleged corrupt practices within the DDCA.

The Delhi government too responded saying that the BJP is falsely trying to project the inquiry report as a clean chit to Jaitley.

Speaking to reporters today deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “Our panel has not named anyone in this report. Does that mean that corruption happened during the period but ghosts did it?

“Why there is so much rush to absolve Jaitley? Why so much pressure? Probe by the Commission of Inquiry has begun
yesterday only. Gopal Subramaniam whom we appointed as its chief had given the letter of acceptance yesterday,”

Referring to certain allegations against DDCA, Sisodia said, “Wasn’t Jaitley the head of DDCA during 1999-2013 when
these irregularities happened? When laptops were hired at Rs 16,000 per day when cost of renovation of the the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium escalated to Rs 144 crore from Rs 24 crore.

“The companies that were given contracts in that period had same directors and same addresses. Does not this indicate towards corruption? How did this happen then? Who did it?”

BJP leader MJ Akbar yesterday demanded that Kejriwal apologise to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after the government panel did not name him in its report.

“The truth is out,” BJP spokesperson M J Akbar said. “The report does not name Jaitley. There is no allegation against him, there is no indication (of wrongdoing). The Delhi Chief Minister, we believe, should apologise to Jaitley for his allegations… he should publicly apologise. He should also admit his fault in the court (where Jaitley has filed a civil defamation suit against the CM and other AAP members)”.

Jaitley has already filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders over the allegations levelled against him in the ongoing DDCA row.

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