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DDCA row: Now, Kirti Azad targets BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, Scindia, Praful Patel

Jaitley and DDCA have denied his charges with the former referring him as a “Trojan horse”, a term used by him time and again to hit back at the senior BJP leader. BJP has charged him with “anti-party activities” over his consistent attack on Jaitley over the alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA when he headed it.

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DDCA row: Gopal Subramanium writes to NSA for officers, BJP brands it ‘cheap publicity’

“AAP is in fact ‘pakhandi’ aam aadmi party (PAAP),” he said in a dig. The more muck Kejriwal will throw at Prime Minister Narendra Mod and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the more he will sink into it, Sharma said.

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Centre contradicting own stand on DDCA probe: AAP

Taking a jibe at BJP, AAP’s Delhi unit secretary Dilip Pandey said the saffron party had given Jaitley a clean chit merely on claims made by a “two-member committee of spokespersons”. “The committee, whose report which the BJP is citing was in public domain since November 17, did not have the mandate to name anyone. Its aim was to find out irregularities in the DDCA. The BJP should not claim Jaitley has been given a clean chit,” Pandey said.

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BJP gleeful over articles in Congress mouthpiece slamming Nehru, Sonia; says truth hidden has come out

“Congress should give clarification and Gandhi too should offer some,” he said. As Congress sacked the content editor, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma mocked it, saying it showed the party’s “intolerance against truth” as most of what had appeared was a “matter of fact”.

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New Indo-Nepal bus service begins

“It returned with 44 Nepalese passengers for Delhi in the evening,” said BM Upreti, in-charge of Indian police post at the barrage.

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DDCA row: Reluctance to offer apology shows politics of reckless charges, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he would not apologise for targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue as his government’s panel did not give anybody a clean chit.

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NDA defeat in Lohardaga bypoll reflects Raghubar Das govt’s performance: JMM

Earlier during his press conference in the day, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said it was not an issue when a reporter asked him to comment on the vacant ministerial berth.

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DDCA row: Gopal Subramanium wants live telecast of probe proceedings

“As I made it clear that the purpose of the inquiry must be the game, the benefit to the game as well as restructuring of the DDCA in the event of such need being present…I am very happy to say that the terms of reference are indeed set out to obtain a level of fairness and objectivity in the inquiry,” he said.

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Kirti Azad demands CBI probe, drags Congress leaders in DDCA row

“I have done 90 per cent of investigation. CBI should take evidence from me. I do not know why it is so slow,” he said. He said he and others had written over 200 letters to Jaitley about the “financial irregularities” in the cricket body when he headed it but “nothing happened”.

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Trouble mounts for Bhai Jagtap after MNS abstains from voting

In all, there are 15 candidates in the fray for the six local authorities constituencies for which voting was held yesterday. Out of the total 2,622 croporators, 2585 corporators cast their ballot, with the overall voting percentage of 98.59 percent being recorded.

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Nobody who gets close to Pakistan remains in politics for long: Shiv Sena

“The whole country is asking if BJP would have similarly welcomed a Congress PM’s unannounced stopover in Lahore like they did for Modi. Pakistan’s soil is cursed and kissing it would prove to be costly because it is soaked in the blood of lakhs of innocent Indians,” the edit said.

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BJP demands apology from Kejriwal on Jaitley remarks

The Delhi government has ordered a commission of inquiry and appointed former solicitor general of India Gopal Subramaniam as its head. “The Delhi government does not have any jurisdiction to order a commission of inquiry in the first place. They could not find anything against Jaitley, who has always had a clean image and now AAP is stooping to such low levels,” said Shrikant Sharma, national secretary, BJP.

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NHRC must comment on rights of rape victims: Nirbhaya’s parents

Paving the way for a new juvenile system in which the age of criminal culpability will now be 16 years, subject to some conditions, the Rajya Sabha earlier this week passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s inquiry into DDCA scam illegal: LG Najeeb Jung writes to Home Ministry

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Jung wrote to the Home Ministry saying that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 allows only states and Centre to order a commission of inquiry and Delhi, a union territory can only do so in partnership with Centre.

In what seems like a beginning yet another fight between Arvind Kejriwal’s government and Najeeb Jung, the Lieutenant governor has called state’s move to order an independent inquiry into the Delhi cricket body (DDCA) an legally invalid, reports India Today.Jung wrote to the Home Ministry saying that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 allows only states and Centre to order a commission of inquiry and Delhi, a union territory can only do so in partnership with Centre.Kejriwal has reacted saying that he objects to the letter leaked to the media.Also read: DDCA scam – RSS unhappy with way BJP dealt with Kirti Azad vs Arun Jaitley row<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is serious if LG office is leaking letter. We are not afraid of CBI, ED, DRI. Why they are afraid of inquiry commission? Poori ki poori Daal hi kaali hai… LG has only control over three subjects – Police, public order and land,” Kejriwal said.AAP and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad have alleged that FM Arun Jaitley is involved in corruption in DDCA during his tenure there.

DDCA scam: RSS unhappy with way BJP dealt with Kirti Azad vs Arun Jaitley row

The RSS is not happy with the way the BJP government handled the DDCA row where Kirti Azad targeted Arun Jaitley, says an India Today report. Citing sources, the report says that RSS is unhappy with Azad’s suspension over the matter and believes the government should not have dealt with the issue in such a haste.According to the source, RSS has said that the move to suspend Kirti Azad was a big political mistake on the part of BJP as the issue will give impetus to the Aam Aadmi Party which is gunning against the Centre and Jaitley over the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kirti Azad who was supposed to meet BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha will not meet them but instead will write to BJP President Amit Shah about the issue

Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at Jaitley for blaming Congress for Parliament washout

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Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session

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Hitting back at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who blamed Congress for the washout of Parliament session, leader of the opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun ​Kharge on Thursday said people who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to talk about his legacy.”People who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to take Nehru’s name and legacy,” Kharge told reporters here in response to a question on Jaitley’s Facebook post chiding Congress for disruptions and invoking Nehru’s legacy. He said that despite pleading several times, “they did not celebrate Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary properly and such people have no right to talk.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session. Crediting Nehru for laying down healthy precedents in the initial years of Indian democracy, he said, “The current generation in control of Congress will find a place in history of having weakened what their ancestors established.” On Jaitley criticising the language used by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kharge said, “BJP is indirectly responsible for the creation of Kejriwal… I can’t say much about it because he (Kejriwal) is their own product.”Responding to BJP’s allegation about competition between Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said the ruling party these days wants to drag Congress vice president’s name in every issue. “…probably these days Rahulji is even appearing in their dreams, this is the problem,” he said sarcastically. Not willing to react on reports that BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal is seeking inquiry against Jaitley on DDCA row following the suspension of party MP Kirti Azad, Kharge said it was an internal matter of their party. “But we also demand an inquiry into the issues that have been brought out by Kirti Azad,” he said.In response to a question about parliamentarians seeking close to 100 per cent pay hike when Parliament did not function, he said, “I don’t know. I have not received any bill regarding it. As soon as it comes I will send my comments.” Responding to a question on Ram Mandir issue, he said such issues were raised whenever elections are approaching. Stating that Congress had always believed and followed adult franchise model, Kharge said some BJP ruled states like Haryana and Rajasthan were trying to restrict it by baring the illiterate from contesting panchayat polls and thereby trying to “snatch away” rights enjoyed by the poor.He said there was no level playing ground for such restriction as India was not a hundred per cent literate country. The Supreme Court had recently upheld the validity of amendments in a Haryana law which fixes various criteria including minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. Asked whether Congress will challenge this verdict, Kharge said, “…I will discuss this in the party. Definitely, I will take it up.”

Kirti Azad suspended: What happened to ‘Na khaoonga na khaney doonga’? Rahul Gandhi asks PM Modi

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Congress wondered whether suspending a party member who “exposed” corruption is the new meaning of promised “achche din”, a reference to PM’s poll slogan .

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday led Congress’ all out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP MP Kirti Azad’s suspension as it questioned the PM’s “silence” on alleged corruption in DDCA and accused him of “shielding” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The opposition party also hailed Azad as “whistleblower” ruing that instead of taking purposive action in the matter, the BJP leadership thought it fit to “shoot down the messenger”. It wondered whether suspending a party member who “exposed” corruption is the new meaning of promised “achche din”, a reference to PM’s poll slogan .<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pillorying the Prime Minister over his “na khaoonga na khaney doonga” election slogan, Gandhi said, “During election campaign, Modi spoke about scams and said he would not allow corruption. But now scams are taking place and the latest is the cricket scam, and the MP who raised it has been suspended (from the BJP).” “Modi used to say ‘na khaoonga, na khaney doonga’ (will not engage in corruption myself, nor will allow others). But today he is silent. People have started losing faith,” he said while returnig from his two-day visit to Amethi. At the AICC briefing in Delhi, former Law Minister Ashwini Kumar questioned the NDA government over its “benchmark on corruption” reminding the BJP that it used to make an issue of such incidents during the UPA regime.”Amidst expectations of a fair and credible probe into the DDCA scam and demands that the Prime Minister sack his Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ensure probity in public life, Modi has done the opposite. The Congress party is forced to ask as to why are the Prime Minister and BJP shielding, supporting and protecting perpetrators of corruption,” Kumar told reporters. Rahul said Modi should take action and conduct inquiry into affairs of Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA)of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013. His remarks came a day after BJP cracked the whip and suspended cricketer-turned-MP Azad, charging him with indulging in anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it to “disrepute”. Under relentless attack from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders on alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body DDCA, Jaitley today accused him and AAP leaders of lowering the level of public discourse saying vulgarity is not a right available to people in positions.In a sharp retort, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said that while AAP has “lowered the dignity” in speech, the BJP has “lowered the dignity in action”. “Having cited the example of L K Advani, who had resigned from the Cabinet pending the High Court decision in the Hawala case, why is the Prime Minister not asking his Finance Minister to emulate the example of Advani. “Considering the benchmark established by the BJP during the UPA government for seeking the resignation of UPA Minister, why the double standards now,” Kumar said.

DDCA row: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over Kirti Azad’s suspension, wants probe

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Rahul said Modi should take action and conduct inquiry into affairs of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013.

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday pilloried Prime Minister Narendra Modi over suspension of BJP MP Kirti Azad who has been leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body, reminding him of his “na khaoonga na khaney doonga” poll slogan.”During election campaign, Modi spoke about scams and said he would not allow corruption. But now scams are taking place and the latest is the cricket scam, and the MP who raised it has been suspended (from the BJP),” the Congress vice president told reporters on his way back to Delhi after a two-day visit to Amethi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tearing into the Prime Minister’s promise to root out corruption, the Congress leader said, “Modi used to say ‘na khaoonga, na khaney doonga’ (will not engage in corruption myself, nor will allow others). But today he is silent. People have started losing faith.”Related Read: DDCA row: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to help suspended MP Kirti AzadRahul said Modi should take action and conduct inquiry into affairs of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013.His remarks came a day after BJP cracked the whip and suspended cricketer-turned-MP Azad, charging him with indulging in anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it to “disrepute”. A day after winter session of Parliament concluded, Rahul went full throttle against the NDA government and lashed out at the Prime Minister on the issue of unprecedented price rise and took a dig at his foreign tours, saying such trips would not benefit the country.During his stay in Amethi, he addressed some roadside meetings yesterday during which he intensified his attack on the Modi government over price rise, saying ‘achhe din’ have come only for the Prime Minister and not the common man.”The aam aadmi is groaning under unprecedented price rise. It is no achhe din (good times) for them. It is achhe din only for the Prime Minister,” he said. Rahul, who led the opposition attack against the NDA government within and outside Parliament, said only his party was fighting strongly against BJP on the price front.”BJP is responsible for the unprecedented price rise in the country,” he said, adding, “inflation is at its peak. Nothing has been done for farmers and the youth”.He alleged that wherever Modi went for election campaign, he tried to create Hindu-Muslim divide for the sake of votes. Rahul also accused the Centre of meting out “step motherly” treatment to his constituency Amethi.He asked village heads to raise their voice against cancellation of food park and paper mill projects in Amethi and said Congress wanted all welfare schemes of the Centre and the state to be implemented through gram pradhans.He said that after 1989, governments were formed in Uttar Pradesh on caste and religious lines, due to which development took a backseat and the state became backward. “Congress will spring a surprise in the 2017 Assembly polls,” he added.

DDCA row: Kirti Azad threatens ‘more revelations’, Congress says his ouster shows BJP’s style

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BJP sorts Kirti Azad out on DDCA’s ‘unplayable’ pitch

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Two days after the cricketer-turned-politician took on Jaitley on the floor of Lok Sabha, the BJP issued a one-line statement saying Azad was being suspended with immediate effect for “änti-party” activities.

Finally, the BJP has wielded the disciplinary rod suspending its MP Kirti Azad from the party’s primary membership after he publicly targeted finance minister Arun Jaitley while making corruption allegations in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Two days after the cricketer-turned-politician took on Jaitley on the floor of Lok Sabha, the BJP issued a one-line statement saying Azad was being suspended with immediate effect for “änti-party” activities. Party President Amit Shah issued a suspension order, at the end of a tumultuous winter session which witnessed a government-opposition standoff on various issues. The action was taken after consultations among the party’s parliamentary board.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “You have made several statements in the media which constitute anti-party activities and such unfounded statements and allegations were clearly intended to bring disrepute to the party and its office bearers. Your actions have also resulted in lowering the pressure of the party and its office bearers. You have deliberately embarrassed the party and its office bearers by raising these in public domain. You have acted and carried on propaganda against the decisions of the party,” Shah said in the suspension order. While Azad was not issued a show cause notice, the suspension order said he colluded with opposition parties, the Congress and AAP,. The order said he had defied party discipline inside and outside Parliament. The party dubbed his allegations as false propaganda and said the parliamentary board has suspended him from the party membership.Pressure was mounting on the BJP, which had refrained from taking any action or even reprimanding the MP, who on Sunday had gone ahead with his press conference defying the party on corruption in DDCA, which Jaitley had headed for 13 years. Azad took his battle with the high profile minister to another level when he took him on in Lok Sabha when the Opposition was demanding Jaitley’s resignation. Azad sought a SIT-monitored CBI probe into his allegations of corruption in DDCA between 2008 and 2013 and said “everyone knows who was the DDCA chief at that time.” Soon after his suspension, Azad made threatening noises saying “wait and watch my next move.” Azad has not yet been expelled from the party. “The issue I raised is old, havent teamed up with Congress or AAP. I worked honestly for the BJP but have been branded anti-party…. The one who worked honestly for the party is thrown out,” he said. When Azad met Shah and BJP general secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, he was asked not to hold the press conference on the DDCA row as it would give ammunition to the Opposition. However, Azad went ahead. The BJP’s silence on Azad’s behaviour was threatening to spark off speculation on inner turmoil in the party. Party sources said taking action during the session would have given fuel to the Opposition. According to them, there was also pressure, particularly from the Bihar unit, to take some action against party MP Shatrughan Sinha who has been consistently tweeting against the party.

‘Give Delhi government photocopies of files seized’: Court to CBI

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DDCA row: Kirti Azad suspended by BJP, defiant MP threatens to make ‘more revealations’

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erming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.

Kirti Azad

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Suspended by BJP, Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad on Wednesday threatened to make “more revelations” in the coming days and said he didn’t expect the party “to stoop so low” by acting against him for “speaking against corruption”.”Wait and watch what I do next. Now I will tell everyone,” he said, adding he will move the party’s ‘margdarshak mandal’ which has party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to ask if the party suspends someone for speaking against corruption in Delhi’s cricket body. “I am really very saddened. I never though that BJP would stoop to that level that a person who had joined them from an illustrious Congress family is suspended for fighting corruption,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will go to the ‘margdarshak mandal’ and ask them that if a person speaks against corruption does the party crucify such a person and suspend him,” Azad told PTI when asked about his next move. Questioning his suspension, he said the party did not follow the due process and also did not serve a show cause notice before taking such an action against a Member of Parliament.”The due process has not been followed. They did not serve a show cause notice. If you have to suspend an MP, you have to move the Parliamentary Board. Did you do that? How can they violate the very own laws that have been made by us,” he questioned. Terming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.”Who said I have teamed up? This issue I have been raising is very old, I haven’t teamed up with the Opposition. It is a matter of regret that Opposition has picked up the issue which I was raising,” he said.”Now you see and look at the Opposition, how they will have them. They will use my name and attack. My party gave it to them on the platter, not me,” he said, adding that those who have suspended him for raising a voice against corruption have “defamed” the Prime Minister.He added that he is yet to get any letter and asked, “Which letter? I have not received any letter yet. I have just reached Ahmedabad. I will see.” Azad said he felt “let down” by the party as the man against whom he raised charges did not put up a defamation case against him, but the party for which he has fought for all these years has served him a show cause. Asked about the charges that he was colluding with the Opposition, he said, “These people are telling me that I have colluded with AAP which is born only yesterday. What rubbish and ridiculous…”On whether Jaitley was behind his suspension, he claimed, “He was putting pressure, I knew it from everyone.” Claiming himself to be a man who honestly worked for the party and had an opportunity to become a Union minister when his father was the chief minister, who did not allow so, he said, “If party suspends me, it is unfortunate for the party.” He said he has been raising the issue of corruption in DDCA for nine years but “they did not listen to me. If anyone is responsible for this, it is the party itself”.”This is the reason why such a situation has risen. I have not said anything against the party. I have said that I support the Prime Minister on his statement that ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’ (Neither will I do corruption, not allow it to happen),” he said.

DDCA row: Kirti Azad threatens to make ‘more revelations’, push party veterans to weigh in on Jaitley

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Political discourse becoming more vulgar: Arun Jaitley

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Jaitley is currently under attack from opposition over alleged involvment in the DDCA scam

Arun Jaitley

Amid frequent face offs between the government and opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said political discourse in the country has become “more vulgar”.”Though extremely popular to say, the anti-corruption law must be made more and more stringent and more and more unreasonable. That is the more popular way these days in politics, particularly when political discourse also tends to become more vulgar,” Jaitley, under fierce opposition attack over alleged irregularities in Delhi’s cricket body, said delivering the annual Intelligence Bureau lecture.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley’s comments came amidst the ongoing tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Centre over alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association where he was the president for about 13 years till 2013. Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad too alleged there were financial irregularities in the DDCA when Jaitley was at its helm.Jaitley has refuted the allegations and filed civil and criminal defamation cases against five AAP leaders, including Kejriwal. About “continuing mandamus”, Jaitley said the whole idea behind the move was to make sure that investigating agency does its job.”This process has gone on for two decades and you have cases of economic offences which are investigated by several agencies, state police, CBI and other agencies which requires an introspection and analytic view, a continuing mandamus alerts the investigation,” he said. Continuing Mandamus is a writ of Mandamus issued to a lower authority by the higher authority in general public interest asking the officer or the authority to perform its task expeditiously for an unstipulated period of time for preventing miscarriage of justice.The Finance Minister said there are not too many cases in which investigating agencies in a case involving continuing mandamus have ended investigation in favour of the accused. “The golden rule which most investigating agencies follow is that if a court is conducting a continuing mandamus, it is easier to file a charge sheet and let the court decide whether evidence exists or not,” he said.Therefore, Jaitley said, after 20 years of this experiment, a call has to be taken, including by the courts, whether the imbalance between a fair investigation and rights of the accused have been created by an institution of continuing mandamus.It is an instrument which can be used rarely in cases where there is reason to apprehend that an honest investigation is not being carried out. “To make continuing mandamus a regular practice, may have a tendency to create an imbalance in the criminal jurisprudence due to the reasoning adopted in the judgement of cases,” he said.

DDCA scam: AAP govt issues notification for Commission of Inquiry

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The government’s move, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre as the former had not sought approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for forming such a probe panel

Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government has issued a notification for setting up of a Commission of Inquiry, headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1992 and 2015, and asked it to submit its report within three months.The government’s move, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre as the former had not sought approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for forming such a probe panel. Yesterday, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution to constitute the Commission of Inquiry even as Kejriwal accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of getting the CBI raid conducted at his principal secretary’s office to protect Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged DDCA scam.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the notification, dated December 22, issued by the government’s Vigilance Department, the one-member Commission of Inquiry will identify any acts of omission and commission by DDCA and its office-bearers during the period between January 1, 1992 and November 30, 2015 and fix responsibility. The state cricket body had been headed by Jaitley for around 13 years from 1999 to 2013.”The terms of reference of the Commission shall be to conduct inquiry into working, management and administration (including alleged financial irregularities) of the DDCA and whether such practices have been conducive to the game of cricket,” it stated.A senior government official said that the Commission of Iquiry will also give recommendations to make DDCA an institution compatible with international standards and to make the state cricket body an effective and transparent body so that it could promote the glorious game of cricket and identify and nurture talent. Subramanium will be paid Re one for this assignment.Reacting to notification, sources in the LG’s office said that the Delhi government notified setting up of the Commission of Inquiry without the Lt Governor’s approval. “Government did not send any proposal to constitute such Commission to the LG office,” one of the sources said.Yesterday, Kejriwal had claimed that Delhi government has the authority to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in DDCA. He had also sought the Prime Minister’s resignation for conducting a “flop CBI raid” at CMO. On December 21, the Delhi Cabinet had approved setting up of the one-member Commission of Inquiry under Subramanium.

Lumpenised and angry: Arvind Kejriwal redefined the ‘common man’

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AAP a ‘nonsense’ party: BJP

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In an apparent reference to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal coming down on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while demanding resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that they don’t pay much attention to a party makes no sense.

In an apparent reference to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal coming down on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while demanding resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that they don’t pay much attention to a party makes no sense.”This is a nonsense party and we don’t pay much importance to them. They are unable to digest their food if they don’t put allegations on us,” Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “If we see then everyday there is a false and baseless allegation by Aam Aadmi Party against one or the other minister. As far as Arun Jaitley is concerned, he has always been honest. If they will see the ground, they will stop making statement in the air,” he added. On a day when Prime Minister Modi defended Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been accused by the AAP of corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, the DDCA, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came down heavily on the Prime Minister and demanded his resignation saying the CBI raid at his office was conducted to ‘help’ Arun Jaitley.Speaking at the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal added, “BJP leaders have told me in private, whenever my name is taken, Prime Minister Modi’s blood boils.”

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expunges her own remarks after Congress protests

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“I did not take name of (any) party… I will definitely expunge the ‘vested interest’ remark… I am sorry,” she said.

In a rare act, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Mond agreed to expunge her own “vested interest” remarks made yesterday against members protesting in the Well, after Congress expressed concern saying it was not right on part of the Chair to make such a remark. Soon after the House condoled the death of 10 people in a BSF plane crash yesterday, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised concern over the Speaker’s remarks. Yesterday when Congress members were protesting in the Well, Mahajan had said they don’t have any national interest and they only have vested interest. Noting that she did not take the name of any party while making the remarks, Mahajan today said it was made when members were protesting in the Well of the House. “I did not take name of (any) party… I will definitely expunge the ‘vested interest’ remark… I am sorry,” she said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wondering what would happen tomorrow, Kharge said the Speaker’s remarks yesterday was unfortunate and it hurt them. “(The remarks) were not proper,” he noted. “We are bringing up issues on national interest” whether about Union Minister V K Singh or Arunachal Pradesh or any other matter, Kharge said, adding that whatever problems have happened, the government was responsible. Mahajan said “unko (Congress) bhi kisi baat ke liye dukh hua hai. Achchi baat hai ki woh sochen unki kise baat se doosre bhi aahat ho sakte hain (They are hurt for some reason. It would be good if they also think that for their actions some others might have also been hurt)”. Dissatisfied with the Speaker’s response when Congress members began to protest, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said such actions by the Opposition was not allowed in the House. “Nobody can question the conduct of the Speaker in the House,” the Minister said. Earlier when the House assembled and the Question Hour began, Congress members trooped into the Well raising slogans over Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s alleged role in the irregularities in the Delhi cricket body DDCA.Amid the protests, Jaitley and BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has also targeted the Finance Minister over the DDCA affairs, walked into the House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were also present in the House.

Let Jaitley emulate LK Advani on resignation: Congress

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Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded that when Advani’s name cropped in Jain Hawala case, he stepped down from public posts and even contest 1998 election, till the Supreme Court absolved him.

Prime Minister Modi, senior leaders LK Advani, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu at the BJP parliamentary party meeting
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The Congress and the CPI(M) on Tuesday jumped over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that finance minister Arun Jaitley will come out of the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association) corruption charges with “flying colours” in the same manner as Lal Krishna Advani did in the Hawala case.Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded that when Advani’s name cropped in Jain Hawala case, he stepped down from public posts and even contest 1998 election, till the Supreme Court absolved him. Azad and Congress’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said the Congress had not “manufactured” any allegation against Jaitley but it came from his own BJP colleague cricket-turned MP Kirti Azad first in a Press conference on Sunday and then in the Lok Sabha on Monday. If Kirti Azad was levelling false charges, why no minister nor any BJP MP rose to contradict him in the House, they asked pointing out how seven ministers led by Venkaiah Naidu were on their feet when a Congress member referred to the charges in the Lok Sabha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to Kirti’s claim in the House that the Modi government has already ordered a CBI probe in October into the DDCA functioning from 2008 and 2013 and everybody knows who was its president during those years, the Congress leaders asked the Prime Minister to make public all details instead of carrying on a hush-hush inquiry to help Jaitley.Showing flexibility from its earlier demand of instituting a joint parliamentary committee (JPC), Congress on Tuesday switched to demanding an impartial time-bound court-monitored probe. The leaders said Jaitley should step down during the inquiry for the sake of own dignity and honour and generate a public confidence into such an investigation. They said a lot has come into public domain against him since the CBI raid on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s office to look for report of a probe ordered by him into the DDCA.Azad and Sharma said the inquiry cannot be free and fair if Jaitley continues as the finance minister, particularly when the Enforcement Directorate and Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) that will be involved in the probe come under his ministry. Surjewala challenged Jaitley to make public the SFIO report in which he claims to have got a clean chit, pointing out that it probes the corporate bodies and no any individuals and that it did indict the corporates involved in the DDCA corruption.The Congress leaders also claimed that Jaitley had the inkling of all wrongs in DDCA from the beginning as he had opposed, as then leader of Opposition, the then UPA government’s move to bring the sports bodies into the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Surjewala said it were the Congress that wanted to bring all sports bodies under RTI in 2011 when Ajay Maken was the sports minister but it gave up because of no consensus reached. “We did not have the majority in the Rajya Sabha to push for it when then leader of Opposition opposed.”

Narendra Modi, BJP back Arun Jaitley, but silent on Kirti Azad

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on the DDCA row, describing finance minister Arun Jaitley to be as untainted as party veteran LK Advani was in the Hawala case.At the weekly BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday morning, Modi backed Jaitley, who faces DDCA corruption charges levelled by party MP Kirti Azad. “Congress has made two mistakes. When it levelled allegations against Advaniji in the Hawala case, the whole nation stood by Advaniji against the Congress. Advaniji jitne pavitra hain, Jaitleyji bhi utne hi pavitra hain,” Modi said, according to sources.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister said Jaitley will come out with “flying colours” the way Advani did in the Hawala case. He took on Congress saying its strategy was aimed at targeting capable ministers, and referred to its attack on external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “Once we understand this strategy, we have to be ready for a big fight,” he said. This would be done through connecting with people and holding press conferences in each constituency of the 280 party MPs plus one non-BJP constituency each. The MPs have been asked to stay overnight in their constituencies.While he stood by Jaitley, Modi was silent on Azad, who was not present in the meeting. However, later Azad said he had not boycotted the meeting but was away because of a prior engagement.Party president Amit Shah too had come out in support of Jaitley on Monday evening, but not said a word on Azad. Shah’s statement came on Monday evening after Azad had held a press conference on Sunday and a day later spoken against Jaitley in Lok Sabha and then tweeted. The party leadership’s silence had started raising eyebrows.However, the leadership has refrained from reprimanding or sending a show cause notice to Azad, who appeared to be testing the party’s patience.Sources reflect a dilemma in the party on the issue. The BJP had taken a similar approach towards its two other Bihar Mps — Shatrughan Sinha and RK Singh — who have taken on the party leadership. The question is whether the party will take action against Azad, who has left the BJP red faced in waging a battle against one of the most high profile ministers in the Modi cabinet.On Monday, Azad had tweeted challenging Jaitley to sue him too along with other AAP leaders.The row has given ammunition to the Congress which asked Jaitely to follow Advani, who had set the tradition bowing out of public life, till he came out clean. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Modi’s drawing comparison between Advani being absolved in the Jain Hawala case with allegations against Jaitley is significant. “He (Jaitley) should learn lessons from his leader Advani, who abdicated office and didn’t even contest election till he came out clean,” he said. The Congress was also demanding Jaitley to listen to his leader and conscience by quiting office, till investigations are over, he said.The finance minister has in the past been a crusader for accountability and has repeatedly invoked the dictum that Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion”.

Jaitley row: Opposition latches on to Advani parallel

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Arun Jaitley

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Opposition on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signalled to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to quit in the wake of DDCA row by drawing a parallel with LK Advani in the Hawala case, a suggestion BJP rejected outright.”Today I heard Prime Minister saying that Jaitley will come out of this like L K Advani in the Jain Hawala case. I will remind Jaitley that Advani had then resigned and had not come back till he got clean chit from the Supreme Court”, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. “So the Prime Minister seems to be telling Jaitley that he should not continue as Finance Minister till he gets cleared”, he said addressing a joint press conference with party leaders Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Striking a similar note, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said by drawing a parallel with Advani, the Prime Minister is giving a hint to Arun Jaitley that he should resign, get himself cleared and come back.”I read it as a signal to Jaitley that you also do the same thing”, he said talking separately to reporters. In a strong show of support for Jaitley, Modi today said at BJP parliamentary party meet that he will come through “with flying colours” against charges of corruption levelled against him by the opposition in a same way Advani did in the Hawala case.Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also tweeted, “Modi: ‘I am sure Arun Jaitley would come out clean as Advaniji did in Hawala case’. But would Jaitley resign as Advaniji did ? No question!”The BJP was quick to dismiss such claims. “There is no parallel between charges against Advani and Jaitley. CBI had registered a case, launched a criminal investigation and Advani quit as an MP on moral grounds. There is no criminal probe against Jaitley. These are allegations levelled by opposition which are unsupported by evidence.”In fact, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office probe was carried out into these allegations when Congress was in power. It stated that there was no fraud or cheating. Due to political rivalry, Congress is ignoring its government’s inquiry. It has no moral right to level such a charge,” BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said. BJP leaders noted that the SFIO probe was launched on the complaint of party MP Kirti Azad, who has again targeted Jaitley over the issue after AAP and Congress raked it up. First Congress disrupted Parliament over a case in which its leaders are accused of “grabbing” Rs 5000 cr assets by investing only Rs 50 lakh and now they have resorted to levelling false charges against Jaitley to do it, Sharma said.The AICC briefing saw the Congress leaders utilising to the hilt Kirti Azad’s assertions in the Lok Sabha on the issue yesterday, contending that none of the Ministers of party MPs present contested his charges. “It means all of them were agreeing to what Kirti Azad was saying”, the Leader of the Opposition said adding that the BJP member had also spoken of a CBI inquiry having been ordered into the DDCA. He sought to know from the government whether if such an inquiry has been ordered as Kirti Azad had said, at what stage it is now.The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha also suggested that Jaitley’s opposition to the earlier UPA government’s plans to bring sports bodies under the RTI appeared to be linked to the DDCA affairs.He said that whether it is the Lalit Modi controversy or some other scandals, the sports bodies are there.Surjewala said that the Congress was ready to provide full cooperation to the government in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha if the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister bring a bill to bring sports bodies under RTI to address the issue of transparency. Seeking to drive home its demand for Jaitley’s resignation, Azad also noted that the Supreme Court in a judgement in January 2011 had held that office bearers of cricket associations are also public servants and all within the prevention of corruption act.

CBI raid was to check Delhi govt actions in DDCA affairs: Manish Sisodia

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Sisodia claimed that during the raid, enquiries were made by the probe agency’s officials about people who had visited Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and each and every file kept in a CMO room was looked into in the “garb” of investigating Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar

Manish Sisodia

The CBI raids in the Delhi Secretariat was “purely” aimed at scrutinising files related to alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday during the special session of the Delhi Assembly.Sisodia claimed that during the raid, enquiries were made by the probe agency’s officials about people who had visited Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and each and every file kept in a CMO room was looked into in the “garb” of investigating Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar. Incidentally, Kumar was seated in the visitors’ gallery of the Assembly during the proceedings.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When her turn to speak came, AAP MLA Alka Lamba heaped praises on him, saying, “We are proud of an officer like you.” Amid protests by Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, Sisodia, flanked by Kejriwal, moved a resolution on the floor of the Assembly to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe the alleged corruption in DDCA. The Deputy Chief Minister said that internal committee of the Delhi Government, after talking to stakeholders, had prepared its report which “pointed fingers at Arun Jaitley”.The report of the government-constituted three-member committee “established Jaitley’s role” in the alleged DDCA irregularities, Sisodia said, adding, “There was massive corruption during Jaitley’s tenure and he tried to save those who committed those acts.” Following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat in connection with charges against Kumar, AAP has been claiming that the central agency carried out the searches to target the AAP chief and was looking for a file relating to alleged graft in DDCA.Since then, the party has been demanding resignation of Jaitley from the Union Cabinet. “The raid was purely to check what action plan was being prepared against corruption in DDCA. When we started raising the issue in the media, former cricketers raised their voice and spoke against the leaders of their own party,” Sisodia said referring to BJP MP Kirti Azad, a former cricketer.Reiterating allegations that are being made by AAP since last week’s raid, Sisodia claimed that the CBI had particularly raided the room where “files signed by the Chief Minister, and those to be signed” are kept. “I want to state this with full responsibility that there’s no office of Principal Secretary as such. It comes under the CM’s office. And there would anyway be no old files in CM’s office. It was a shameful incident,” he said.Sisodia claimed that government has the requisite power to constitute such a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in DDCA “as sport falls in the state list”. The Kejriwal government had set up an inquiry committee to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA which had submitted its report.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Arvind Kejriwal demands PM Modi’s resignation for ‘fraudulent raid’

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Delhi CM Kejriwal said: “I demand PM Modi’s resignation for the fraudulent raid that he got carried out just to save Arun Jaitley.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded PM Narendra Modi’s resignation for the ‘fraudulent raid’ he carried out to save Jaitley. He said: “When I meet PM, I only tell him one thing-that we dont need money or land, just stop hampering our work. I’ll take PM’s projects like Swacch Bharat forward in Delhi, will give PM all the credit. But they should just stop troubling us. If the raid happened on my Principal Secretary, what was the need to come to my office? Today is the 8th day, for 6 days Rajendra Kumar was interrogated for hours. I want to ask PM, what did he discover? Nothing. If my job is to punish corrupt officers, then my job is also to protect honest officers.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers staged a protest outside the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday just before the House met for a special session. The party accused the AAP government of trying to rake up the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) issue to suppress the charges faced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary. The Delhi Government had called the special session of assembly to discuss alleged irregularities in DDCA and the last week’s CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat. Raising slogans against the AAP Government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP workers marched to the entrance of the Assembly where they were stopped by security personnel. Later they were detained by the police and taken to the office of the Operation Cell of Delhi Police. With inputs from agencies

DDCA row: AAP wants three weeks time to respond to Jaitley’s defamation suit

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“We have taken time, a very small time of just three weeks, to file the written statement, and the court has granted just two weeks time to Arun Jaitley to file the replication; that is a reply to our written statement,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said that it has sought three weeks time from the Delhi High Court to respond to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley?s defamation suit with regard to accusations related to alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when the latter was its president.”Today, the suit filed by Arun Jaitley was listed for the first time in the court. All the defendants, including Kejriwal and other AAP leaders voluntarily appeared in the court, and we requested the court that the matter to be expedited,” senior lawyer HS Phoolka told the media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “We have taken time, a very small time of just three weeks, to file the written statement, and the court has granted just two weeks time to Arun Jaitley to file the replication; that is a reply to our written statement,” he added.The court has fixed February 5 for the admission or denial of the admission of documents of both parties, Phoolka said.”This has been one of the fastest suits which have proceeded in the court, no suit has ever proceeded as fast as this” he added.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has filed a defamation suit in the Patiala House court against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders including Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpayee seeking damage (Rs 10 crore) for indulging in slander and baseless allegations against him.

DDCA row: PM Modi backs FM Arun Jaitley, says he will pass ‘with flying colours’

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“Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in Hawala case,” the Prime Minister said at a weekly meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Reacting to the District Cricket Administration (DDCA) controversy for the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told BJP lawmakers that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would “come through with flying colours,” from the controversy. “Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as LK Advani did in Hawala case,” the Prime Minister said at a weekly meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.The Prime Minister also said that the Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government, said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, quoting Modi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has issued a notice to CM Arvind Kejriwal and five AAP leaders on a defamation suit filed by Jaitley against them. The political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified on Monday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognisance on his plea.Escalating the issue, BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been indirectly cornering Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, late on Monday night called Jaitley a ‘napunsak’ in a tweet. However, later he claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.The one member Commission of Enquiry will be headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium.Meanwhile, undeterred by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to slap civil defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP colleagues for allegedly defaming him in connection with the DDCA controversy, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said it is neither ‘scared’ nor ‘threatened’.

I will conduct DDCA probe with a professional approach: Gopal Subramanium

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Subramanium said he would conduct the probe with a professional approach and charge Rs 1 for discharging his duties.

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Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium on Tuesday said he accepted Delhi Government’s request to head a Commission of Inquiry into affairs of DDCA as its purpose is “positive” and called Finance Minister Arun Jaitley a valued and distinguished colleague of his for almost 37 years.The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved setting up of the one member Commission of Inquiry under Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) which was headed by Jaitley for around 13 years till 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I would accept the assignment on the understanding that the purpose of the Commission is positive in content and the Government should be benefited to take forward Cricket to better and higher levels .”It is only fair that I must mention that Shri Arun Jaitly whose name has figured in the news has been a valued and distinguished colleague of mine for almost 37 years,” Subramanium said in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.He further said, “As I see that terms of reference are in relation to a larger public purpose, I would unhesitatingly accept the assignment.”Subramanium said he would conduct the probe with a professional approach and charge Rs 1 for discharging his duties.”I am a deeply interested cricket lover and wanted to be a full fledged cricket commentator on the Radio! “You may be assured of my professional approach to the terms of reference. I would , consistent with my standards in the past, charge Rs One for discharging my duties,” the noted lawyer said.The decision to form the Commission by Delhi government came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA under his watch.Around a month back, an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bungling.The Delhi Government panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.The committee had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Inquiries Act while mentioning about findings on DDCA’s alleged wrongdoings by various probe panels in the recent past including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, yesterday had demanded an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA.

Jaitley vs Azad plays out in Lok Sabha, as Congress guns for minister over DDCA row

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Amit Shah erms all the allegations levelled by AAP against Jaitley as ‘baseless and far from truth’

BJP member Kirti Azad speaks in the Lok Sabha on Monday

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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley versus BJP MP Kirti Azad battle over financial irregularities in DDCA resonated on the floor of Lok Sabha on Monday. While the Congress was demanding his resignation, as Jaitley dubbed the charges against him as baseless, Azad, who was sitting in the treasury benches, demanded a time bound SIT-monitored CBI probe into his allegations.A day after Azad held a press conference on the DDCA issue, he raised the issue in the House, again stopping short of naming Jaitley, who had headed the DDCA for 13 years.”Modi government is against corruption. That is why CBI is probing DDCA’s activities between 2008 and 2013. Everybody knows who the president was during this time,”Azad said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad was allowed to speak without interruptions. Earlier in the day, Azad tweeted challenging Jaitley to file defamation against him too.”hello dear Arun Jaitely, hampar defemation file kar rahe ho na? Please karo na Don’t take injunction, don’t gag freedom of speech,”Azad tweeted.By Monday evening BJP president Amit Shah came to the finance minister’s defence saying the entire party was behind him and will not allow any “conspiracy” to defame him. “AAP was trying to tarnish Jaitley’s exemplary record… Attack on him will harm AAP in the long run,” he said.In a statement, Shah termed all the allegations levelled by AAP against Jaitley as “baseless and far from truth” and said his public life was like an open book dedicated to the country.The party chief’s statement came after Azad took on the minister in Parliament giving ammunition to the Opposition, an unprecedented act by a treasury bench member. Azad had met Shah two days before he held the press conference on Sunday. However, he went ahead with his plans.Union ministers have been coming to Jaitley’s defence, but on the question on whether action would be taken against Azad, they said it was for the party president to take a call. In a show of support for him, five union ministers– JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goel and Rajyavardhan Rathore– accompanied him to Patiala House Courts to file a statement in a criminal defamation case against AAP leaders.”Jaitley does not need a certificate from anyone. He has impeccable character,”parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu said.However, the DDCA issue could bring to the fore fissures in the party. The attack from within the BJP comes close on the heels of the castigation of the leadership by party veterans in the wake of the Bihar debacle.In the House, Congress members shouted slogans demanding Jaitley’s resignation. “The charges (against me) are baseless and wrong. This is all I have to say,” Jaitley said.While reeling out details of the construction of the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in Delhi, he said the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) report did not find any fault with the expenditure and “accepted” the cost incurred.Congress’s KC Venugopal, who raised the issue, claimed that there were “gross irregularities” in DDCA when Jaitley headed it and alleged his involvement and said Azad’s press conference gave “solid evidence of irregularities” in DDCA. He said the construction work at Ferozshah Kotla had cost Rs 114 cr against the estimate of Rs 24 cr and alleged that it was forced escalation and that there was no record of tender in many cases.”He (Jaitley) is also involved in the scam. We demand a JPC probe and resignation of Jaitley,” he said.Jaitley said that it cost Rs 114 cr to build Kotla stadium, which was merely a “field” prior to the construction, and hit out at the Congress, saying the Nehru stadium was renovated at a cost of Rs 900 cr and the Dhyanchand stadium for Rs 600 cr. The Kotla stadium has a seating capacity of 42000, the Dhyanchad staidum steats only 14000 people.At one point when the Congress members started protesting, Jaitley angrily said “sit down…. You should have courage to listen.” Congress staged a walkout, as the treasury benches booed it. Attack from within the party The DDCA issue could bring to the fore fissures in the party. The attack from within the BJP comes close on the heels of the castigation of the leadership by party veterans in the wake of the Bihar debacle. In the House, Congress members shouted slogans demanding Jaitley’s resignation. “The charges (against me) are baseless and wrong. This is all I have to say,”Jaitley said. Party president backs JaitleyOn Monday evening BJP president Amit Shah came to the finance minister’s defence saying the entire party was behind him and will not allow any “conspiracy” to defame him. “AAP was trying to tarnish Jaitley’s exemplary record… Attack on him will harm AAP in the long run,” he said. The party chief’s statement came after Azad took on the minister in Parliament giving ammunition to the Opposition, an unprecedented act by a treasury bench member. Azad had met Shah two days before he held the press conference on Sunday. However, he went ahead with his plans.

DDCA row: Ram Jethmalani to appear for Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley

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“Ram Jethmalani will appear before court for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” a senior official of the Chief Minister’s office said. The official said Kejriwal will seek day-to-day hearing in the case.

Noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani will represent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the civil and criminal defamation suits filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.Jaitley on Monday filed both civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him and sought Rs 10 crores in damages and their prosecution for offences that entails a punishment of upto two years in jail.”Ram Jethmalani will appear before court for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” a senior official of the Chief Minister’s office told PTI. The official said Kejriwal will seek day-to-day hearing in the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, a defiant Kejriwal asserted that the Aam Aadmi Party will not be scared by defamation suits against him and other AAP leaders by Jaitley and asked him to prove his innocence before the one-man Commission of Inquiry announced by Delhi Government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association.The Chief Minister also slammed BJP for protecting the Finance Minister despite facing charges of alleged irregularities during his tenure as DDCA chief for around 13 years till 2013.”I would have taken resignation if there were so much evidence against any of my ministers as I had taken the resignation of Jitender Singh Tomar and Asim Khan. BJP is shamelessly defending Jaitley,” he said.The Chief Minister’s decision to brazen it out became clear last night itself as the other AAP leaders named by Jaitley in his defamation suit had stuck to their guns and continued to target the Finance Minister.”Setting aside his ministerial responsibilities, Jaitley ji is making the rounds of the courts. But we won’t let the matter get buried this time around. We will continue to hold him corrupt in DDCA affairs,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

Arun Jaitley files Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal

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Finance minister files civil as well as criminal case against Delhi CM * HC hearing on matter today

Finance minister Arun Jaitley arrives at Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday to file a defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders
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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation case against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others at the Patiala House Court here. The matter was heard in front of a packed courtroom, where Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sanjay Khandelwal took cognizance of the offence and set the next date of hearing on January 5, 2016. A recording of the pre-summoning evidence will be done that day, following which the court will summon Kejriwal and others on merit. Earlier in the day, senior advocate Manik Dogra, representing Jaitley, also filed a civil suit in the High Court (HC) seeking Rs 10 crore in damages. The hearing on this matter has been listed for Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, who presented the case for Jaitley in court brought charges against six leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that included Kejriwal, Deepak Bajpai, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh. The lawyer argued that “the defendant did not take a single penny” from the Delhi and District Cricket Association – a body Jaitley headed for 13 years. In the complaint, Luthra asserted: “The accused persons individually and collectively undertook a false and defamatory campaign against Jaitley and his family members.” He also said that “Jaitley came from a distinguished family of lawyers and he has no family member who has even one paisa interest in business.” The complaint, filed by Jaitely, was, thus, as a private individual. Almost the entire cabinet and several top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership flanked Jaitley, who personally came to the court to file the suit. Present in the court were Smriti Irani, Union human resource development minister; Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister of urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation and parliamentary affairs; J P Nadda, Union minister of health and family welfare; Piyush Goel, minster of state for power, among other senior party leaders. The Patiala House District Court saw heavy security, with companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) maintaining law and order as several hundred party members shouted slogans in favour of the BJP and against the AAP. During the 35-minute-long hearing, Luthra presented articles published in the print and electronic media that were defamatory in nature. He even submitted tweets and posts on Facebook by the six accused as evidence. The complaint has been filed under the provisions of Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for offence under Sections 400, 500, 501 and 502, read with Sections 34 and 35 of the IPC. If the charges are proved, the maximum sentence is two years. The AAP had alleged massive financial irregularities in the DDCA during Jaitley’s tenure from 1999 to 2013. Kejriwal: “Mr Jaitley should not try to intimidate us with a court case. Our fight against corruption will continue.” Kirti Azad: hello dear @arunjaitley hampar defemation file kar rahe ho na? Please karo na Don’t take injunction, don’t gag freedom of speech.Mera naam kyon hata diya @arunjaitley #Aap ne toh mere letters dikhae theey, mujhpar karo na case, registered post se maine bheje theey

DDCA row: BJP stands united with Arun Jaitley, says Amit Shah

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BJP President Amit Shah on Monday came out in strong support for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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BJP on Monday came out in strong support of Arun Jaitley with its president Amit Shah terming all the allegations levelled by AAP against the Finance Minister as “baseless and far from truth” and asserting that the party stood unitedly with him and will not allow any “conspiracy” to defame him to succeed.Rallying behind Jaitley, Shah also raised questions over the legality of the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Arvind Kejriwal government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi cricket body, DDCA, during his tenure.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at AAP, the BJP president said if it thinks that it can damage Jaitley’s image through its “malicious attempts”, then it is “day-dreaming”. Such efforts would prove to be counter-productive as they will damage AAP only, he said.”All allegations levelled against Jaitley are baseless and far from truth. This is a conspiracy to defame Jaitley. BJP stands united with him and will not allow any conspiracy to defame him succeed,” Shah said in a statement.He also said that what AAP is doing may end up being harmful to them. “If AAP thinks that what they are doing will cause harm to Arun ji’s image then they are day-dreaming. This is going to create a big trouble for AAP,” Shah said.Emphasising that Jaitley is an honest and committed leader, he said even opposition leaders also resist from levelling allegations against him.”Jaitley’s entire public life is like an open book and dedicated to the country and levelling such allegations against him are beyond any understanding as the SFIO had already ruled out his involvement in the day to day functioning of Delhi and District Cricket Association,” he said.Shah’s statement comes against the backdrop of the fierce attack by AAP and its government against Jaitley, seeking his resignation over alleged financial irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year tenure as its head between 1999-2013.Raising questions over the legality of the Commission and its jurisdiction, Shah wondered “how the DDCA functioning comes under the preview of this one-man Commission is a matter of legal debate”. He also termed as “diversionary tactics” AAP’s decision to set up the Commission as well as calling a special session of the Delhi assembly in this regard.The people of the country are aware of Jaitley’s high standards and principles in public life and transparency, he added.

DDCA row: Arun Jaitley files criminal defamation case against Kejriwal, AAP leaders; court takes cognizance

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, who appeared for Jaitley, told the court that the accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have made completely baseless and defamatory allegations against the Finance Minister regarding alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley, who has sought Rs 10 crore damages from the AAP leaders for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA, was accompanied by Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, JP Nadda, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.In a packed room, Jaitley told the court that he “did not take “a single penny” from DDCA and Kejriwal and others made defamatory and baseless allegations.The case will be heard next on January 5.Speaking to media, RS Rathore said, “BJP & Arun Jaitley ji is not scared of inquiries at all. Everyone knows the high standards of Jaitley ji’s politics.”Senior party leader Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Allegation against Arun Jaitley ji are baseless, good that a defamation case has been filed.”Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley with regard to the DDCA affairs although some of the allegations have gone beyond that.Earlier in the day, BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in DDCA, dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to file a defamation case against him.Taking to micro-blogging site, Kirti Azad wrote:

DDCA row: Sonia Gandhi rubbishes allegations by Arun Jaitley; asks if she is responsible for everything

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“Is Sonia Gandhi responsible for everything”? asked Congress chief.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday rubbished allegations by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of her involvement in ‘targeting’ the latter in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) row.”Is Sonia Gandhi responsible for everything”? asked Congress chief.In an interview to a National daily, Jaitley alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad had met the Congress president during the UPA tenure which instigated an investigation by the Serious Frauds Office.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley also said that the meeting of minds between the Congress leadership and Azad resulted in a plan to target him.”One member of Parliament wrote to the Congress government, he met Sonia Gandhi. He met Sonia Gandhi and they said we will fix Jaitley,” he said.Jaitley has been accused of corruption by the Delhi Government and former players including Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi during his tenure as president of DDCA till 2013.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress Party has demanded for the resignation of the Finance Minister from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe against him.Kirti Azad had even written letter to the SHO, IP Estate, alleging that rules were flouted during Arun Jaitley’s tenure as DDCA president. Azad had even requested Delhi Police to thoroughly investigate the matter against Jaitley.Taking cognisance of the demand of probe in the DDCA scam, Kejriwal formed a two-member committee to investigate the allegations. The Delhi government was preparing to set up a Commission of Inquiry over it when the CBI raided the Delhi Secretariat.Kejriwal had alleged that the CBI raid was conducted to take possession of the DDCA files which were kept in his office.Jaitley denied Kejriwal’s allegations as ‘utterly baseless’. He had earlier opposed former sports minister in the UPA government Ajay Maken’s proposal to make sports bodies like the DDCA more transparent and accountable.

Will file FIR against Jaitley, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh

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Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet and said it would not be “bogged down by such intimadatory tactics”.

Sanjay Singh

PTI
As the political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified between AAP and Arun Jaitley, the party on Sunday night hit back at the Finance Minister saying it will file an FIR against him on Monday.Jaitley had earlier said that he was slapping criminal and civil defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday for making “false and defamatory” statements against him.”I will file an FIR against @arunjaitley and others tomorrow,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted on Sunday night.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet and said it would not be “bogged down by such intimadatory tactics”.AAP government also announced a Commission of Inquiry to go into alleged irregularities in Delhi and Disrtict Cricket Association.Jaitley said that he has instructed legal team in his personal capacity to institute civil defamation cases in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley and his family members with regard to the DDCA affairs.Jaitley has rubbished the allegations against his family members. He has chosen not to give any legal notice to Kejriwal and other AAP leaders asking them to apologise or face defamation cases. Instead, the cases will be filed straightaway in the courts.

DDCA row: Kirti Azad dares Arun Jaitley to file defamation case against him too

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A day after addressing a press conference to expose alleged financial bungling corruption in ​the DDCA, BJP MP Kirti Azad has now dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to file a defamation case against him.

PTI
A day after addressing a press conference to expose alleged financial bungling and corruption in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), BJP MP Kirti Azad has now dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to file a defamation case against him.Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, had on Sunday fallen shy of taking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s name, who was DDCA president during the time he claimed financial bungling took place.Taking to micro-blogging site, Kirti Azad wrote:<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified on Sunday, with the capital’s AAP government announcing a Commission of Inquiry into alleged irregularities there and Arun Jaitley deciding to sue Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by slapping civil and criminal defamation cases against him and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday.With the battlelines drawn, the Delhi Government announced setting up of the inquiry commission under chairmanship of former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam to probe alleged irregularities including financial bungling in the capital’s cricket body, the Delhi & District Cricket Association.The decision came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year-old tenure as its chief till 2013. Jaitley has strongly rubbished the allegations.”The inquiry will begin very soon,” a Delhi Government spokesperson said.Jaitley told PTI late last night that he has instructed his legal team in his personal capacity to institute civil defamation cases in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.(With agency inputs)

DDCA row: AAP announces inquiry commission; Jaitley to slap defamation cases against Kejriwal, others

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Arun Jaitley

Reuters
The political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified on Sunday with the capital’s AAP government announcing a Commission of Inquiry to go into alleged irregularities there and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley deciding to sue Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by slapping civil and criminal cases against him and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday. With the battlelines drawn, the Delhi Government announced setting up of the inquiry commission under chairmanship of former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities including financial bunglings in the capital’s cricket body, the Delhi and District Cricket Association. The decision came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year-old tenure as its chief till 2013. Jaitley has strongly rubbished the allegations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The inquiry will begin very soon,” a Delhi Government spokesperson said. Hitting back at Kejriwal for making “false and defamatory” statements against him, Jaitley is slapping criminal and civil defamation cases against him and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday.Jaitley told PTI tonight that he has instructed legal team in his personal capacity to institute civil defamation cases in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. He accused them of issuing false and defamatory statements against him and his family members.Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley with regard to the DDCA affairs although some of the allegations have gone beyond that. Jaitley has also rubbished allegations against his family members, saying, “I have no family member who has even one paise interest in any form of business. Why should my family be part of a sports management business?Jaitley has chosen not to give any legal notice to Kejriwal and other AAP leaders asking them to apologise or face defamation cases. Instead, the cases will be filed straightaway in the courts. Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet.Addressing media at Kejriwal’s official residence soon after BJP MP Kirti Azad’s press conference regarding alleged corruption in DDCA, AAP leaders said “DDCA scam” was “Commonwealth (scam) of cricket.” “Now the onus is on Prime Minister Modi whether he will accept such a person in his Cabinet,” Kumar Vishwas said. Coming out strongly in support of the Finance Minister, 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 too well known.”A defiant AAP leader Deepak Bajpai said, “We are not going to be bogged down by such intimadatory tactics. We are privy of Arun Jaitley’s history. Moreover after today’s expose, whole country has come to know about the truth and we are committed to fight against corruption whatever it takes.” Another leader Ashutosh said,”Jaitley don’t threaten us with defamation. Answer the questions we had asked? You will take us to court, we will take you to people’s court. Following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat in connection with charges against the Delhi CM’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, AAP has been claiming that the Central agency’s action was aimed at targeting the AAP chief and it was looking for a file relating to graft in DDCA.The decision to appoint the commission came a month after an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged irregularities. The Delhi Government panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.The committee had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiries Act while mentioning about findings on DDCA’s alleged wrongdoings by various probe panels in the recent past including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO). BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, today demanded an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA.Jaitley has strongly rejected the allegations calling them a propaganda technique of Kejriwal to deflect attention when he himself was in the “dock” following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat. Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, today addressed a press conference here but did not take the name of Jaitley, under whose charge as president of DDCA he claimed there were financial bungling.Dubbing as “diversionary tactic” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s threat to slap defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, Congress tonight demanded his resignation and sought a JPC probe into alleged financial irregularities in DDCA under his watch. Party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed demanded that Jaitley resign as Cabinet Minister “in the interest of justice” as he is also incharge of corporate affairs ministry, which looks after such issues, and that the government should initiate steps to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association.”Jaitley should not use the defamation cases he has planned to file against AAP leaders as a diversionary tactic in the wake of demands for his resignation,” Ahmed said. Ahmed, the party’s senior spokesman, said Jaitley’s ouster was all the more necessary after BJP MP Kriti Azad’s allegations about corruption in DDCA. He said Azad was not just a BJP leader but also a member of India’s 1983 cricket world cup winning squad. Jaitley headed the cricket body for 13 years till 2013.He said “naturally” the issue would be raised in Parliament on Monday by different political parties as Jaitley was “practically the number two in the government”. As regards Congress, he said that the parliamentary party would take a decision. Another Congress spokesman Sandeep Dikshit, who hails from Delhi, however, sang a different tune. He said the matter was between Kejriwal and Jaitley.He alleged Kejriwal was in the habit of making “wild and baseless” allegations against “anybody and everybody” and took defamation “very lightly”. Dikshit said it would be interesting to see how things pan out. If there is no substance in Kejriwal’s allegations, he will have to face the “brunt” for making such charges

After Jaitley threatens defamation suit, Ashutosh says Union Finance Minister is ‘Kalmadi of BJP’

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Arun Jaitley

After Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated he would file defamation cases against several AAP leaders for allegation of corruption against him when he was at the helm in DDCA, the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday said that they would not get bogged down by such “intimidatory tactics”.”We are not going to be bogged down by such intimidatory tactics. We are privy to Arun Jaitley’s history. Moreover after today’s expose, the whole country has come to know about the truth and we are committed to fight against corruption whatever it takes,” AAP leader Deepak Bajpai told PTI. “Jaitley don’t threaten us with defamation… Answer the questions we had asked. You will take us to court, we will take you to people’s court… Let me repeat Mr Jaitley – you are the KALMADI of BJP,” another AAP leader Ashutosh said, referring to Suresh Kalmadi of Congress who was accused in the CWG scam.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Arun Jaitley has no other option and if he has to start defamatory proceedings, he should start with Kirti Azad and Bishen Singh Bedi. People are supporting us in thousands. Will he file cases against everyone. We will not stop exposing the truth and these tactics won’t work,” said AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.Earlier Jaitley said he will file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some other AAP leaders tomorrow. Besides Kejriwal, cases will be filed against Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha, Deepak Bajpayee, AAP leaders, Jaitley told PTI.

DDCA row: AAP govt decides to set up inquiry commission

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The decision to form the commission of inquiry came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year-old tenure its chief. Jaitley has strongly rubbished the allegations.

Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi government has decided to set up a commission of inquiry under chairmanship of former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities including financial bunglings in the capital’s cricket body DDCA.The decision to form the commission of inquiry came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year-old tenure its chief. Jaitley has strongly rubbished the allegations. “The inquiry will begin very soon,” a Delhi Government spokesperson said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet said “Gopal Subramaniam agrees to chair Commission of Enquiry on DDCA scam.”Following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat in connection with charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, AAP has been claiming that the Central agency carried out the searches to target the AAP chief and was looking for a file relating to graft in DDCA.Since then, the party has been demanding resignation of Jaitley from the Union Cabinet. The decision to appoint the committee came a month after an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bungling.The Delhi Government panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.The committee had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiries Act while mentioning about findings on DDCA’s alleged wrongdoings by various probe panels in the recent past including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, today demanded an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA.

Unfair to drag Sonia Gandhi in DDCA mess: P Chidambaram

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He said the probe by Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) into the DDCA affairs was referred by the then Sports Minister Ajay Maken on some complaints he had received.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said it was “unfair” to drag Congress president Sonia Gandhi in an alleged attempt to fix Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the UPA regime and accused the Modi government of acting with “ulterior motives” in the National Herald case.He said the probe by Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) into the DDCA affairs was referred by the then Sports Minister Ajay Maken on some complaints he had received. “I was told by Mr Ajay Maken that when Maken was the Sports Minister, complaints were received and those complaints were referred to the SFIO. “I have not read the SFIO report. Therefore I cannot comment. Seems a bit unfair to drag the name of Mrs Gandhi. Mr Maken is in the best place to explain who referred the matter to SFIO,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chidambaram was commenting on an interview given by Jaitley to a newspaper in which he had alleged that a BJP MP had met Sonia Gandhi during the UPA tenure “and they said they will fix Jaitley.” Though Jaitley did not name the MP, the newspaper suggested it was Kirti Azad, who has been running a campaign against alleged corruption in the Delhi cricket body DDCA. On the Congress charge of BJP and Modi government practising vendetta politics against the party, he said if Subramanian Swamy’s complaint in the National Herald case was a private one “the government should have said we are completely neutral and we are completely indifferent to what happens to that complaint. BJP leaders and ministers should not have spoken on the matter.” But on the day the Delhi High Court pronounced the judgement, Chidambaram said “virtually every BJP leader jumped with both feet and started commenting freely.” As early as August of 2014, three months after they came to power, senior BJP ministers commented that there is prima facie case in the National Herald complaint. “Why should the BJP minister or BJP leaders comment on a case if it is a purely private complaint?,” he asked.Asked on the criticism about Jaitley’s facebook post on the case which critics said was a direction to the enforcement agencies, Chidambaram said “there is a very strong reason to believe that the government is acting with an ulterior motive.”Without naming Swamy, he said the private compliant wrote to Prime Minister on August 13, 2015 complaining against the then Enforcement Directorate head Rajan Katoch and five days later he “was virtually sacked.” “I am told that letter is in public domain,” he said. Asked who in the government was driving the probe in the National Herald case, he said “I cannot answer that question. I don’t know who is in and who is out. I can speak generally about government.”

CBI threatening Rajendra Kumar, want him to reveal names of DDCA officials, claims AAP govt

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Based on a note found in the Chief Minister’s office, CBI is questioning Rajendra Kumar.

Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar

PTI
The Delhi Government on Sunday alleged that the CBI officials are trying to cover the financial irregularities in DDCA under the helm of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley adding that the officials are threatening Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Rajendra Kumar and asking him to reveal the names of DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) officials who met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”They are threatening him to reveal information regarding meeting of DDCA officials. They are putting metal pressure on him to reveal the names of DDCA officials who gave the information. If they are trying to threaten the principal secretary in order to hide the corruption under DDCA, then Delhi Government will not accept this,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told a press conference in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Whatever is being asked by the CBI to Rajendra Kumar, it is clear that Arvind Kejriwal was the target and not Rajendra Kumar. The DDCA files which was kept in the office of Chief Minister had a note in which it was written that Arun Jaitley had a talk with the DDCA officials. The CBI officials are constantly asking Rajendra Kumar that who gave him that note,” Sisodia added.Related Read: DDCA scam: BJP MP Kirti Azad to hold press conference, ‘unmask the imposter’ todayRajendra Kumar who has been accused for criminal conspiracy and has a case registered against him is being questioned by the CBI.He has been accused of setting up various companies to give work contracts without tenders which has been a huge loss to the Delhi government.Kumar has been booked under Sections of IPC on charges of criminal conspiracy and under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007 to 2014.The CBI carried out searches at 14 places connected with Kumar in the national capital, including his residence, and various locations in Uttar Pradesh.The Delhi Government has accused Arun Jaitley of indulging in financial irregularities while he was at the helm of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The party also exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Jaitley from the union cabinet.Hitting back, Jaitley had said that Arvind Kejriwal seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria.

DDCA spent crores on buying ‘free’ IPL tickets?

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Azad questioning Jaitley on ticketing mechanism, including that of international matches, revealed in documents accessed by dna

BJP MP Kirti Azad & Arun Jaitley

The day was April 21, 2013. Delhi Daredevils, playing on their home ground and chasing a target of 162 runs, had defeated Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets with 3 overs to spare, owing to a swashbuckling 95 runs off 55 balls by champion batsman Virender Sehwag. Sehwag, who had earlier lambasted the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) over its mismanagement and threatened to quit the state team, was however unaware of how the tickets for this match had been bought and sold by DDCA. Tickets for the match were purchased by DDCA from GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, the owners of the Delhi Daredevils franchise for double the price of what tickets for the same stands for other matches cost.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Documents, internal emails and audit reports in dna’s possession show that DDCA office-bearers, who stand accused of massive financial bunglings, were using the association’s funds to purchase tickets from GMR for various IPL matches held at Delhi despite being entitled to complimentary tickets. A tripartite agreement, a copy of which is with dna, states that DDCA was to be provided 15% of each category of tickets “free of charge” by GMR Sports Pvt Ltd. DDCA was entitled to 6,300 complimentary tickets from GMR for every match according to the contract. However, the functionaries of the association including its president Sneh Prakash Bansal, repeatedly asked GMR for tickets. The association’s funds were used to purchase the tickets. In an email on April 16, 2013, DDCA president SP Bansal wrote to P Phaneendra, the general manager of GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, “As per our telephonic talk, kindly give CK Bharadwaj all tickets on credit.” Bharadwaj was an employee of DDCA. Tickets were then sold by GMR to DDCA for three matches to be held at the Ferozeshah Kotla between April 18-23, 2013. On April 21, when Delhi Daredevils played Mumbai Indians, 1,560 tickets were sold to DDCA for a sum of Rs 20 lakh. A majority of these tickets were for the East Stand Second Floor and were sold for Rs 1,000 a piece. Around 60 tickets in the Old Clubhouse First Floor were sold for Rs 7,000 per ticket. Documents show that DDCA paid double the cost for the East Stand tickets for the Delhi-Mumbai match. The same ticket for the Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings match held a few days earlier on April 18 was purchased by DDCA from GMR at half the cost for Rs 500. On April 23, when Delhi played against Kings XI Punjab, the tickets were purchased for Rs 500. On May 7, 2013, TCA Jayant, a consultant with GMR Sports wrote to his colleagues asking for more tickets to be issued for the May 10 encounter between Delhi and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The email reads, “Please issue 10 Old Clubhouse tickets for Mr Bansal from DDCA.” A total of 2,200 tickets were sold to DDCA for the match for a sum of Rs 18 lakh. During the IPL 2013 season, the DDCA spent Rs 52 lakh for buying tickets for just four matches despite having also taken 25,000 complimentary tickets from GMR Sports. DDCA president SP Bansal did not respond to dna’s emails. HOW DDCA PAID GMR FOR THE TICKETS The trend of buying tickets by DDCA seemed to have continued for many years and this time the price paid by the association grew manifold. In an email on May 15, 2014 DDCA president Bansal wrote to GMR, “Äs discussed give instructions to deliver the following tickets on DDCA account on credit.” In the email, Bansal asked tickets for corporate boxes among other things. The tickets sought for by Bansal was for the match between Delhi and Kings XI Punjab held on May 19, 2014. Tickets were issued to Bansal with the West Side Corporate Box being sold at Rs 14,000 a ticket. DDCA also bought 10 tickets in the Super Hospitality Hill A box for Rs 21,000 a piece. For one match alone tickets worth Rs 20 lakh were bought on DDCA’s account by its president. While most of the tickets were being taken by BCCI functionaries on credit, GMR devised its own way billing DDCA for the same. In 2015, DDCA asked GMR Sports to pay Rs 1 crore as expenses for IPL 2014. In a letter dated July 21, 2015, Hemant Dua, the CEO of GMR Sports disputed DDCA’s claims. In the letter Dua told DDCA that GMR would be deducting Rs 22 lakh from the amount payable to DDCA for “tickets purchased for IPL 2014 authorised by the DDCA president.” Sunil Jain, a DDCA member says, “There was no need to buy tickets in the first place. Eventually, the money was deducted by GMR from DDCA’s dues. This caused loss of several crores over the years to the DDCA. No one knows what happened to the tickets that were bought.” GMR spokesperson defended the ticket sales, “Complimentary tickets given to DDCA were as per the contract. DDCA is also entitled to buy tickets whenever they have additional requirements over and above the complimentary tickets.” WHAT DID DDCA DO WITH THE TICKETS? Despite tickets worth several crores purchased by DDCA from GMR over many IPL seasons, no one knows what were the tickets used for. Sameer Bahadur of the NCT Cricket Association says, “Most of these tickets were sold in black by DDCA officials. Since none of them paid from it from their pockets, most ended up minting enormous money from its sale. Money was minted from tickets in every conceivable way.” In a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on September 13, 2015, BJP MP Kirti Azad raised the prospect of a ticketing scam not just involving the IPL but international matches as well. Azad pointed out that DDCA was earmarking thousands of tickets to be doled out for free and under-pricing the most coveted stands in the stadium to evade entertainment tax. In a direct attack on Jaitley, Azad wrote, “Ünderpricing tickets just to save entertainment tax was a great ploy to keep everyone happy. Even if it meant cheating the exchequer, you did not deem it proper to do a fair analysis of the entire costing process.” Emails accessed by dna point to possible diversion of coveted IPL tickets to bureaucrats and politicians. In an email on May 13, 2014 Bansal had demanded corporate box tickets costing several lakhs for the match between Delhi and Hyderabad Sunrisers. Curiously in the same email to GMR, Bansal wrote, “Älso send 4 to 5 car park for government officials.” ANOTHER IPL SCAM IN THE MAKING? A Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) report that was flashed by AAP to target Jaitley had also flagged dealings during the IPL between GMR and DDCA. The report observed that DDCA was incurring expenses in the IPL which should have been borne by GMR and that there were proprietary issues with most expenses incurred by DDCA. The SFIO also pointed out that DDCA had incurred several lakhs in expenses relating to security, tents, printing and tickets for VIPs. The report notes, “Vouchers have been generated for purchase of IPL tickets for staff. Whereas as per clause 2 of the agreement, GMR will provide complimentary tickets/passes to DDCA for external agencies, departments and VIPs.” DDCA replied to the Investigating Officer’s allegations by saying that it had paid GMR for the free tickets to ” to promote the game of cricket and maintain healthy relations with all parties.”

Congress MPs demand aggressive stand against Arun Jaitley

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At the Congress briefing, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad merely said that the party was studying the report in the case and would come to some conclusion in two-three days.

Demands of adopting aggressive stand against Arun Jaitley were on Friday made at a meeting of the strategy committee of the Congress here, in the wake of AAP’s allegation of financial irregularities against the Union Finance Minister.The meeting was presided by party chief Sonia Gandhi. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was also present in the meeting which saw some MPs take up the matter vigorously. Noting that AAP has been taking up the issue spiritedly, they pitched for raising it prominently by the party in Parliament next week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the Congress briefing, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad merely said that the party was studying the report in the case and would come to some conclusion in two-three days. Two days ago, Congress had targeted Jaitley demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to go into the issue and resignation of the Finance Minister pending the inquiry. Following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat in connection with charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, AAP has been claiming that the Central agency carried out the searches to target the AAP chief and was looking for a file relating to graft in DDCA, a charge refuted by the Modi government as also the CBI.Since then, the party has been demanding resignation of Jaitley from the Union Cabinet. The Aam Aadmi Party today posed five queries to Jaitley relating to alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA.Addressing a press conference, top AAP leaders dismissed Jaitley’s assertions of no wrongdoing as “vague” and “misleading” and instead sought to put the ball in his court by making a set of fresh charges.

DDCA row: Company under Delhi govt’s scanner serves legal notice to AAP

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The notice served by Sharma, Managing Director of 21st Century Media Private Limited, served the notice on AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh accusing them of making allegations against him and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley which are baseless and defamatory and are factually false.

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Lokesh Sharma, Managing Director of a company AAP had accused of taking huge commissions in the DDCA affair, on Friday issued a legal notice on the party seeking unconditional apology, failing which criminal defamation proceedings will be initiatied against it.The notice served by Sharma, Managing Director of 21st Century Media Private Limited, served the notice on AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh accusing them of making allegations against him and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley which are baseless and defamatory and are factually false.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The notice referred to the allegation made by the two leaders that illegal corporate boxes were constructed and were sub leased to 10 corporate houses by a company close to Jaitley and his family. They also alleged that 21st Century Media (TCM) was tasked to sell and sub-lease the boxes for 10 years at Rs 36 crore for which a commission of Rs 5.4 crores was paid to the company and insinuated that Jaitley knew why the commission was paid to TCM.”At the outset, not only are your allegations baseless and defamatory but are factually false. You have stated that a sum of Rs. 5.4. crores was paid to us as commission. The said statement is completely false. It is pertinent to point out that the commission that we received from the sale of 35 boxes and management of services of those boxes for a period spread over 10 years was a sum of Rs 1,24,15,410 which was from the sale of boxes and in addition a sum of Rs 63,16,630 was paid to us from the sale of Ends, Stands, Pavilions and Management of services again for a period of 10 years,” said the notice drafted by Karanjawala & Co. It also gave break-up of how the money was received for various services rendered by TCM. The notice clarified that the directors of TCM were Lokesh Sharma, his father Ram Nath Sharma and his wife Gazala Akbar Sharma and no one else.”In view of the above, you are hereby called upon to comply with the following requisitions: To issue, as a matter of urgency a full and unequivocal public retraction and apology in terms to be agreed upon by us. Cease to make any such allegations with immediate effect and undertake not repeat the same against our client at any time in the future,” the notice said.It also warned that failure to comply with their demand, Sharma would be compelled to initiate stringent and appropriate legal proceedings at any place, in or outside India. It also warned of such proceedings in the civil or criminal proceedings or both, including damages towards Sharma’s reputation.

DDCA row: BJP President Amit Shah summons MP Kirti Azad

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Amit Shah’s summoning of Kirti Azad came a day after BJP general secretary Ram Lal called him over the same issue.

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BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday summoned party MP Kirti Azad, who has often attacked Arun Jaitley over “corruption” in DDCA when he had headed it, apparently in a bid to dissuade him from raking up his allegations at a time AAP has used them to target the Finance Minister. Azad, however, stuck to his decision of holding a press conference on the issue on Sunday.”It was a good meeting (with Shah). I will hold the press conference on Sunday,” he said.Though there was no official comment on what transpired in the meeting, party sources said Shah advised Azad to exercise restraint, noting that opposition parties have used these charges to attack BJP. Shah’s summoning of Azad came a day after BJP general secretary Ram Lal called him over the same issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP is understood to have told Azad that these are old charges dating back till 2013 when Jaitley headed DDCA and Congress was in power at the Centre as well as in Delhi but nothing came out of them.”With BJP now in power in Delhi, Congress and AAP are using the same charges to embarrass Jaitley and BJP,” a party leader said.

AAPv/s Jaitley: CBI replies to Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations

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The Delhi CM had alleged that the CBI has been asked to target all Opposition parties.
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After Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that ‘CBI has been asked to target all opposition parties and finish those who don’t fall in line’, CBI has responded that it strongly denies the allegations.In a statement, CBI has said that, “CBI strongly denies a statement appearing in certain sections of the media attributed to CM Delhi that ‘A CBI officer told me yesterday that CBI has been asked to target all opposition parties and finish those who do not fall in line’. This is a completely false, baseless and mischievous statement and emphatically denied.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP chief once again chose the social media route to level the charges. He had virtually live-tweeted the CBI raid at his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office in the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday.Kejriwal had said Jaitley’s assertion that AAP’s allegations against him are “unsubstantiated and non-specific” could not be treated as “gospel truth” as the charges against him were “very, very serious”.

Shashi Tharoor’s private bill to decriminalise homosexuality defeated in Lok Sabha

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The Congress leader tweeted: “Intro of Pvt.Member’s Bill2decriminalize consensual sex btwn consenting adults defeated in LS 71-24. Surprising to see such intolerance.Notice of intent to oppose introducn of Bill came so late there was no time 2rally support. Will try again in future. We shall overcome!”

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Shashi Tharoor’s Private Bill to decriminalise homosexuality and do away with Section 377 was turned down in Lok Sabha. The Congress leader tweeted: “Intro of Pvt.Member’s Bill2decriminalize consensual sex btwn consenting adults defeated in LS 71-24. Surprising to see such intolerance.Notice of intent to oppose introducn of Bill came so late there was no time 2rally support. Will try again in future. We shall overcome!” Earlier, transgender rights activist Laxmi Tripathi told ANI, “Section 377 must be discussed in the Parliament. It should not be considered on morality value, but as a human and constitutional right. Section 377 should be dismissed.” Hundreds of gay rights activists on Sunday danced to drum beats and held colourful balloons as they marched in the ‘Queer Pride Parade’ in Delhi, celebrating the diversity of gender and sexuality. Speaking at the Times Lit Fest , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the apex court should not have reversed the Delhi High Court order de-criminalising consensual sex among homosexuals. “When you have millions of people involved in this (homosexuality) you can’t nudge them off,” Jaitley said. In December 2013, the Supreme Court had overturned the Delhi High Court’s July 2009 judgement, which had declared Section 377 as unconstitutional. The apex court had stated that amending or revoking Section 377 should be a matter left to the Parliament and not the judiciary. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises homosexual acts, stating it is ‘against the order of nature’.

Venkaiah Naidu says no use giving importance to useless DDCA-linked accusations

“Arun Jaitley is one of the most honest sincere, intelligent minister. There is no issue of any discussion here in parliament because the issue is not connected with the parliament. There is no use of giving any importance to useless accusation. Arun Jaitley doesn?t want any certificate from them,” Naidu told media here.

Reiterating the absurdity of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) accusation against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with regard to an alleged scam in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said giving importance to useless accusations would be a sheer waste of time.”Arun Jaitley is one of the most honest sincere, intelligent minister. There is no issue of any discussion here in parliament because the issue is not connected with the parliament. There is no use of giving any importance to useless accusation. Arun Jaitley doesn?t want any certificate from them,” Naidu told media here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Naidu further said, “if you try to spit on the sun, it will fall back on your face, criticising Jaitleyji is like this.”On the continuous disruption of Parliament, the minister said that if they (Congress) have divergent views, which is natural in a democracy, they must insist on having a discussion, but they’re disrupting.People expect Parliament to legislate for their better future .Don’t know what are reasons for the Congress to stall these legislations”AAP is totally wrong and we don’t want to get involved in that. We are more concerned about the non-functioning of the Rajya Sabha because all important bills are pending in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha has passed around 12 bills or more and people are waiting that it will be passed in the Rajya Sabha also, that is the burning issue. I humbly request that they should allow the functioning of the parliament. Congress Party should answer on why the house is not functioning. We don?t have any problems if they take credit, but they should let the house function,”he added.

Kirti Azad to hold press conference on Sunday against ‘corruption’ in DDCA

His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.
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BJP on Thursday reached out to its MP Kirti Azad, a known detractor of Arun Jaitley, but an unfazed Azad said he will hold a press conference on Sunday against “corruption in DDCA”, an issued used by AAP and Congress to target the Finance Minister.”My fight is against corruption. I will continue with it,” Azad said.His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting suggestions that the party leadership has “gagged” him, the Darbhanga MP tweeted “don’t go by rumours that I have been gagged. My fight is against corruption in sports and it shall continue.”Azad told PTI that he will hold a press conference on Sunday to highlight “corruption” in DDCA.Both AAP and Congress have demanded Jaitley’s resignation with the former stepping up its attack on him following a CBI raid on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office on Tuesday. Azad has been a long critic of Jaitley’s stewardship of DDCA, alleging financial irregularities during his term.

DDCA row: Congress wants BJP MP Kirti Azad to head Joint Parliamentary Committee

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Amidst the party’s attack on Union Minister Arun Jaitley over an alleged scam within DDCA, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that a JPC should go into the matter and former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad should head the panel.”If you want to discuss the role of Arun Jaitley in DDCA then ask Kirti Azad as to how many scams there were in DDCA,” Singh said outside Parliament. Azad is a BJP MP from Bihar. He, however, said that not only DDCA, the story was the same in all sports bodies in the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked about the opposition party’s demand for the constitution of a joint parliamentary committee on DDCA, Singh said, “The demand by Congress is absolutely right. Azad should be the chairman of the JPC.” Singh also said that Congress was for a probe into the alleged scam in DDCA.”We are in favour of a complete probe into it. (Delhi Chief Minister) should set up an inquiry commission to probe it,” he said.Meanwhile, on the question of corruption charges levelled by CBI against senior Delhi bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar, the Congress veteran took a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as he labelled the AAP leader a “big fighter against corruption”.”Kejriwal has tried first to defend Kumar, but when he realised that defending Kumar is getting him a bad name, the big fighter against corruption changed track and came after Jaitley,” said Singh.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Arvind Kejriwal demands Jaitley’s ouster over alleged graft in DDCA

Kejriwal said Jaitley’s assertion that AAP’s allegations against him are “unsubstantiated and non-specific” could not be treated as “gospel truth” as the charges against him were “very, very serious”.

Escalating his attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that he resign or be “removed” from the Union Cabinet to enable holding of an independent probe into alleged corruption in DDCA.Kejriwal said Jaitley’s assertion that AAP’s allegations against him are “unsubstantiated and non-specific” could not be treated as “gospel truth” as the charges against him were “very, very serious”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Can Jaitley ji’s denial in press be taken as gospel truth? Very serious allegations against him. Why is he running away from investigations? If Jaitley ji were let off without investigations on basis of his press denial, then should all coal and 2G accused also be similarly let off?” Kejriwal asked in a series of tweets.The Delhi Chief Minister, who has accused the CBI of raiding his office to get hold of a file that “traps” Jaitley, claimed that the allegations against the Finance Minister are “very, very serious”.”Amounts involved are huge. He should either resign or be removed to enable independent probe,” Kejriwal demanded.Hitting back at Kejriwal over the Delhi and District Cricket Association row, Jaitley accused him of spreading “false propaganda”, saying he seems to believe in “untruth and defamation and delivers a language that borders on hysteria”.Jaitley added that the DDCA case “is a part of propaganda technique to deflect attention when you yourself are in the dock” and accused Kejriwal of focusing attention on him after he acted as a shield to cover an officer under investigation.”I have left cricket administration in 2013. By referring to some facts of 2014 and 2015, he can t drag me in,” he said, terming allegations against him as unsubstantiated and non-specific.The Finance Minister said the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), which was entrusted with the investigations in the case by the previous UPA government, has clearly stated that “no fraud (was) noticed as alleged” and his role as DDCA President was “like a non-executive chairman without involvement in day-to-day affairs of the company”.Earlier at a press conference, AAP alleged huge financial bunglings in DDCA during Jaitley’s 13 year-old tenure as its chief, saying large amounts were siphoned off through fake companies besides other irregularies including in team selection.The AAP, quoting from reports of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), DDCA’s internal probe committee and a Delhi Government-appointed inquiry panel, accused Jaitley of giving “direct and indirect” consent to “massive corruption” in the cricket body.”The bunglings had happened under direct or indirect consent of Arun Jaitley during his tenure as DDCA chief. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Jaitley to resign to ensure fair probe as some of the competent agencies to invstigate the are under Finance Ministry,” said AAP Spokesperson Raghav Chadha, flanked by a number of other leaders.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Is FM putting pressure on media to not run DDCA story against him, asks Ashutosh

In another tweet, Ashutosh said, “Last night a very senior journalist told me JAITLEY is calling all the media owners, putting pressure not to run the story against him?”

Intensifying their tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his alleged involvement in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ‘irregularities’, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday questioned if minister is putting pressure on media.Taking to micro-blogging site, AAP leader Ashutosh said, “Today is test for ‘M’ for Media and ‘J’ for journalism. Will media call names to Jaitley, the way it called names to Rajendra Kumar?. Media has called Rajendra Kumar Corrupt. Will media also call Jaitley corrupt after expose.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another tweet, Ashutosh said, “Last night a very senior journalist told me JAITLEY is calling all the media owners, putting pressure not to run the story against him?”The AAP has also demanded Jaitley’s resignation and said the party will divulge details of the DDCA irregularities, which will enable you to draw a complete picture of irregularities.Meanwhile, the DDCA has strongly refuted allegations of “gross financial irregularities” against Finance Minister and its former president Arun Jaitley, saying that such charges were “absolutely rubbish”.”Some allegations have been raised against DDCA and it needs clarification as everyone is stating their point. First thing is allegation of irregularities on stadium construction. Stadium is made of Rs 141 crore,” DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan said.On his part, Jaitley dismissed the allegations as “vague” and said he cannot answer them unless they are specific. He also attacked the AAP and its government of trying to “deflect” attention from the issue of corruption and “interference” in the probe.(With agency inputs)

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