Ex-India cricketer Azad accuses DDCA of massive corruption

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New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Former India player Kirti Azad on Sunday accused the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) of massive financial irregularities and urged the enforcement directorate to probe the issue.

The former cricketer alleged that the DDCA had given contracts to fake companies, paying them crores of rupees in cash and had fudged auditing.

Addressing media persons here, Azad displayed a video produced by WikiLeaks4India which claimed that the DDCA had given out contracts to various companies but the addresses given for these were found to be false.

It also alleged that the DDCA hired office and other equipment at vastly inflated prices, including hiring of laptops at Rs.16,000 per day and printers at Rs.3,000 per day.

“I just want to expose corruption, the accounts of it will be explained later. I repeat, this is not personal or against one person. It is against corruption,” he said.

Azad, a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983, also refuted former DDCA president Arun Jaitley’s allegation that he had met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in order to sketch out a plan to target him.

“If someone is raising these allegations, he must know that three fingers will point back at him,” he said.

Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of corruption by Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded that he Jaitley must resign or be removed from his post as union finance minister in order to enable an independent probe into DDCA matters.

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