AAP alleges corruption in Delhi cricket, demands Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday hit out at the Central government for not allowing a probe into the alleged Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam, and demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation.

Addressing a press conference at the Constitution Club, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas alleged that the main objective of CBI raid at Delhi Secretariat and taking control of ACB was to prevent alleged graft in DDCA during Arun Jaitley’s tenure coming to light.

“DDCA had a budget of Rs 24 crore but additional Rs 90 crore was also spent,” claimed party spokesperson Raghav Chadha.

He further stated that payments were made to companies and five companies are involved in DDCA scam, for which the work was already done.

“Money was taken out of DDCA through fake firms and huge payments have been made by DDCA,” he said.

Stating that without permission bills were passed, he added, “Only the children of the rich & famous can play in DDCA, not that of the common man.”

Further demanding finance minister’s resignation, Chadda said, “Jaitley must resign to ensure fair probe by agencies some of which are under Finance Ministry.”

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Aam Aadmi Party Government has been exposed by the Transparency International, and is hence trying to slam Jaitley on the issue of an alleged scam in the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA).

The Centre has backed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying he won’t be resigning from his post, and added that there won’t be any Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe against him, after the Congress Party alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA during his tenure as president of that sports body.

“The entire allegation against Arun Jaitley is absolutely baseless and motivated. The integrity of Arun Jaitley is too well-known in the entire world. The fact remains that because Arvind Kejriwal and his government today is cornered, as the manner in which they sought to give shelter to Rajender Kumar” therefore, it is a counterblast,” Prasad told media.

12:27 PM

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha addressing media

* Under FM’s tenure, a budget of Rs 24 crore was approved to construct DDCA stadium, whereas Rs 114 crore was spent. Where is rest Rs 90 crore?: AAP

* The work which was already done, for that payments were made to companies.

* Five companies are involved in DDCA scam.

* Money was taken out of DDCA through fake firms.

* Huge payments have been made by DDCA President & GS without following the financial manual and authentication process.

* Without permission bills were passed: AAP said on DDCA issue.

* Only the children of the rich & famous can play in DDCA, not that of the common man.

* Unauthorised construction done without MCD approval.

* There is no structured process to choose a selector in DDCA.

* Corruption has been institutionalised in DDCA.


12:19 PM

* AAP wants to tell today that raid at CM office was an attempt to cover corrupt activities done in DDCA during FM’s tenure: Kumar Vishwas