DDCA row: Jaitley rejects graft charges, drags Arvind Kejriwal to court 

Brand-new DELHI: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a civil defamation suit in the Patiala Residence court versus chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for issuing false and defamatory statements versus him and his family members over alleged irregularities at the Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA).

Making a personal appearance in the court, Jaitley said that he did not take “a single penny” from DDCA and Kejriwal and others made defamatory and baseless allegations.

Jaitley has actually sought Rs 10 crore as damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders — Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee — for their remarks.

“AAP leaders’ false allegations have caused irreparable damage to my client’s reputation,” Arun Jaitley’s lawyer Siddharth Luthra said in the court.

Jaitley’s action comes in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in DDCA, of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.

The Union minister had on Sunday said that he would certainly also filed a criminal defamation case versus Kejriwal and other five AAP leaders at Patiala Residence court.

He chose not to give any legal notice to Kejriwal and other AAP leaders asking them to apologize or face defamation cases. Instead, the case was straightaway filed in the court.

Charges baseless and devoid of truth, Jaitley tells Lok Sabha

Rejecting the charges versus him in the DDCA controversy as “baseless and devoid of truth”, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday claimed the opposition Congress had spent much more than he did in renovating a stadium in Delhi.

“In Rs 114 crore, a stadium with a capacity of 42,000 was made. When Congress was in power, the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium was renovated for Rs 900 crore. The SFIO has actually accepted the expenditure by the DDCA on building the Brand-new stadium and found nothing wrong,” Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha amid loud Congress protest.

“Please sit down, the facts will be extremely inconvenient,” he said during his three-minute statement, forcing the Congress MPs to walk out of the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved setting up of one-member commission of inquiry under former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities in capital’s cricket body DDCA.

The Cabinet also decided to call a special session of Delhi assembly on Tuesday to discuss DDCA issue and the last week’s CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat.
The decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting presided by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“Delhi cabinet resolves to set up commission of enquiry on DDCA scam. Special session of assembly tomorrow to discuss DDCA scam and CBI raids on Delhi Secretariat,” Kejriwal tweeted.
(With inputs from agencies)

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