DDCA scam: BJP issues show cause notice once again to suspended MP Kirti Azad

Delhi: BJP has issued show cause notice to Kirti Azad. It has asked him in the letter why should he not be expelled from the party.

Kirti Azad

The former India cricketer and Darbhanga MP’s was suspended by BJP for “anti-party” activities within and outside Parliament, “lowering the prestige” of the party and its office-bearers. “You have colluded with opposition parties, including Congress and AAP, and embarrassed the party and its office bearers. You have both inside and outside Parliament conducted yourself in a manner which clearly amounts to indiscipline and anti-party activities…,” a BJP Parliamentary Board notice to Azad read.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has said that it is going to file a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad.

DDCA also said that Kejriwal is making wild and baseless allegations without any proof. “We will file defamation cases against anyone putting baseless charges on us,” said Ravinder Manchanda, Treasurer DDCA.

On Wednesday, Azad had targetted many more politicians, including party MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, involved in cricket governance and claimed the SFIO probe report had recommended “prosecution” of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the DDCA affairs. He also appeared to support Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s allegation that a DDCA official had sought sexual favours from a woman if she wanted her son to be part of its cricket team, saying it was not a new thing and he had raised a similar issue in 2007. “Under the Companies Act, 1956, all the directors were to be assigned particular roles and if they are not, then the term (for action against them) is compunding. 27 executive members, including Jaitley, were not assigned any role. 24 of them including Jaitley did not compound. “So SFIO recommended that under Section 5 G of the Companies Act, the Registrar of Companies should prosecute them for not compounding. It shows the BCCI is above law. It has been three years since the recommendation but they have not been prosecuted,” he said.

Continuing its offensive against him, AAP on Monday alleged that Arun 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 B K 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”.

With agency inputs