DDCA row: AAP poses 5 questions to Jaitley

New Delhi (PTI): The AAP today put “five specific” questions to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley relating to its allegations of corruption in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA under his watch and accused him of giving “vague” response to the charges.


Calling Jaitley a “master of half truth and beautiful lies”, AAP leader Ashutosh made certain fresh allegations against the Finance Minister and said his comments that there was no specific charges against him was “misleading”.

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.

Addressing a press conferencehere, Ashutosh accused DDCA of allowing private firm 21st Century to sub-lease 10 corporate boxes at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and claimed the firm owned by a friend of Jaitley was extended financial benefit to the tune of over Rs 5 crore for the deal.

The AAP leader asked Jaitley to clarify who were members of the 21st Century and whether it had any of his kin.

The AAP leader also accused Jaitley of putting pressure on ONGC to give an amount of Rs 5 crore to Hockey India and sought to know what was the reason behind it.

Alleging huge financial bungling in reconstruction of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, the AAP leader said although public sector entity EPIL was paid Rs 57 crore for the project the remaining Rs 57 crore out of the total expenditure of Rs 114 crore was distributed among nine companies.

“The registered address, e-mail and directors of these companies were same. Did Jaitley know about these companies and is it not corruption,” asked the AAP leader.

On Jaitley’s comments that the SFIO report had absolved him, Ashutosh said the Finance Minister hid the fact that punishment for offences mentioned by the central agency included imprisonment.

“We had raised specific questions and Jaitley gave vague answers. That is why we are coming out with five specific questions for him,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

The AAP leaders also asked Jaitley to tell about his relationship with Hockey India chief Narendra Batra.

They said Delhi Government last month had set up committee to probe irregularities in DDCA after getting a communication in this regard from Union Sports Ministry. They said Home Ministry had communicated to Sports Ministry about irregularities in DDCA following which it wrote to Delhi Government.

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.


  1. When Arun Jaitley was the President of the D.D.C.A. sometime in 2007 or 2008, a test match was played at Feroz Shah Kotla grounds between India and Sri Lanka and the latter’s batsmen were batting first and three or four of their batsmen got hurt, not because Indians had fiery bowlers who could deliver intimidatory stuff,, but because the pitch was substandard and under-prepared and, therefore, the balls had an unpredictable and uneven bounce.

    Officials were shown on the electronic and media, inspecting the pitch and though Arun Jaitley was with them, he appeared to be shit-scared, looked very pensive and lost in his own world. That scene reminded me of Adolph Hitler, who had changed his work places and residences over 20 times during the six years of World War II, surfacing from the bunker and standing near the bunker’s entrance and watching and listening with total disinterest when his aides were showing the utter destruction the Russian artillery had wrought outside. He had resigned to his fate, knew Germany was finished and committed suicide.

    Arun Jaitley had guilty looks. The annoucer said on the electronic media, crores and crores of rupees were spent on the pitch and one wonders where the money went and why the wicket was so substandard. That was the time I realised that this man is corrupt and rotten stuff.

    The next time he was trying to justify the hike in Member of Parliaments salaries and perquisites, which was supposed to have been taken up during this winter session. He said Indian politicians do not make enough money compared to their foreign counterparts. Well, this is enitrely wrong, simply because in India the cost of products, cost of living, per capita income and standard of living is much lower than countries that are advanced economies. An air ticket may cost Rs. 6,000 in India and $ 600 in American, but the average annual income of an Indian is just $ 1,600, whereas an American (per capita income of over $ 49,000) has very strong purchasing power and standard of living, in spite of paying taxes. Moreover, America is a welfare state that takes care of its citizens even after retirement till death. India is a welfare state for sleazy politicians and bureaucrats, who prosper with the loot.

    Politicians make monkey of most Indians who are incapable of thinking prudentlyand logically and call the bluff by saying that a railway or air ticket, cost of milk and other consumables are very cheap and low priced in India compared to what it costs. This is hogwash.

  2. I feel that BJP may have conducted the raid at the Delhi Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary’s office, because they may have feared that Arvind Kejriwal who has become “Dennis the Menace” may have been working on Arun Jaitley’s nefarious activities, while he was the President of D.D.C.A. and they have carried this raid to grab the documents and hide his sordid deeds. Whoever may say anything, the fact of the matter is that C.B.I. or the Police are totally and loyally subservient to their political masters of the day, otherwise they would wreck their careers. Both, by nature, Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley are talklative personalities, but the Prime Minister is quiet today. If he was a honest man, why is he quiet?

    For him, his politicians may have involved themselves in anti-national activities and/or corrupt activities but, if his actions are any indicators, he would not like to discipline his erring politicians, but protect them for the sake of B.J.P. and R.S.S. image. So, he has baled out Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhare Raje, Shivraj Chauhan and now he is protecting Arun Jaitley. This has stained his image if the bad maulings that B.J.P. has got both in Delhi and Bihar are any indicators.

  3. In short, Arun Jaitley has lots to hide. Arvind Kejriwal alway brags that he and his party are honest. If so, when he came to know that there were AAP politicians suspected to have fake certificates/degrees, why did he not ask them to resign or step down first, come clean or get cleared by investigative agencies and then be reinstated?

    Arvind Kejriwal knew very well the background of his Principal Secretary and that C.B.I. were probing into his irregularities. In spite of this, he appointed him and now, when C.B.I. has raided his office, in order to defend him and AAP, he is making Arun Jaitley a sacrificial lamb or kurban ka bakra by delving into the latter’s presumably sordid past.

    Arun Jaitley has a lot to hide, because Kirti Azad has blown the whistle. Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 Prudential World Cup winning team has had the guts to expose the wrongs in the Indian cricketing world. I salute this man and Bishen Singh Bedi who, too, has opened his mouth.

    There are ex-cricketers in B.C.C.I. or associated with this mafia and Free Mason-like secretive body, who are having the best of all the worlds, just by keeping their mouths shut, instead of exposing the wrongs going on in the cricketing body.

    There was one ex-cricketer who ran from pillar-to-post to catapult his son’s career and that bloke failed utterly and butterly as a cricketer as well as commentator. His son was good-for-nothing cricketer that could not get entry in a team where he resided and which happened to be a strong team. He played for a weak team then, all due to his father’s clout. His father served him as his launching pad and springboard.

    • BJP is very much embarrassed and has ended with a bacon-on-their faces when Kirti Azad has openly spilled the beans and this has appeared on the print media.

      Therefore, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi’s side-kick, has summoned Kirti Azad and given him a dressing down. Let us see, if Amit Shah has been able to muzzle Kirti Azad, because he is supposed to speak to the press tomorrow.

    • Nelson Lewis – “come clean or get cleared by investigative agencies and then be reinstated?”

      Sir, if any allegation is made and due process of law is set in motion, in India, it would take another twenty years to get the final and binding outcome. If I give specific instances, it would not be palatable to you. So I desist giving any specific instances, but only give factual contours. To make allegation is too easy, but to defend, it has become humanly impossible, for he is a mortal!

      So, we are the victims of trial by the media and public opinion formed by the paid media, instead of any considered decision based on facts and evidence. Now, our reputed lawyer and ex-law minister, Arun Jaitley, has gone to the extent of announcing in the Parliament and outside, that the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of India has indulged in the acts of “tyranny by the un-elected” and calling it as “the Gymkhana Club!”

      Could any elected individual be unseated by making unsubstantiated allegation against him by his political opponent, before the courts give their verdict? If courts can not decide matters in time, who should suffer? Everybody knows that the court verdicts, normally could be expected after ages, thereby the verdict of the voters are undone by resorting to the misuse of the protracted judicial process.


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