DDCA to file defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal, Kirti Azad for making 'wild and baseless' allegations of corruption
DDCA will file a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi: After Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, now DDCA will file a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for making 'wild and baseless allegations' of corruption against the cricket body.
The Delhi cricketing body will also file defamation case against suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad.
Addressing a press conference where all top DDCA officials were present, acting president Chetan Chauhan said that a lot of "false" charges have been levelled against the state cricket body and it was forced to take legal recourse against those spreading such disinformation.
Treasurer Ravinder Manchanda said that DDCA will file a defamation case against Kejriwal, Azad and all others who were present at the press conference and made the allegations of corruption and financial embezzlement in the DDCA.
Chauhan said that three agencies are already probing the cases against the DDCA and there was no need for a fresh probe to be initiated by the AAP government.
On the other hand, continuing its offensive against the FM, AAP today alleged that Jaitley, in his capacity as President of DDCA in 2011, had "pressurised" the then police commissioner to "close" an investigation involving a cricket club of a private bank.
The party released two letters, purportedly written by Jaitley, to former Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta and then special commissioner Ranjit Narayan, requesting them to "fairly" deal with the matter and "close" the case since "DDCA has done no wrong".
The party also renewed its demand for Jaitley's resignation in the wake of the "fresh disclosures".
The letter to Gupta is dated October 27, 2011 while the one written to Narayan is dated May 5, 2012.
AAP leader Ashutosh claimed that the letters "punctured" the Union Finance Minister's repeated assertions that he was in no way connected to any wrongdoing in the Delhi and District Cricket Association, which he headed from 1999 to 2013.
Reacting to the allegations, BJP Spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao asked as to what was wrong in Jaitley writing a letter to the police commissioner. "He was not even in power so the charge does not stick."
In the letter to Narayan, Jaitley is quoted as writing that "some persons have been repeatedly approaching Delhi Police with complaints in relation to the identity of the Syndicate Bank Cricket Club.
(With PTI inputs)