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BJP harps on leaked DDCA report; AAP questions government leaks

While addressing the media, party spokesperson M J Akbar said the DDCA file which Kejriwal made his basis to attack Jaitley over the CBI raids at his office and affairs of the cricket body does not name Jaitley. 

“The truth is out. The report does not name Jaitley. There is no allegation against him; there is no indication (of wrong doing). The Delhi Chief Minister, we believe, should apologise to Jaitley for his allegations… He should publicly apologise,” Akbar said.

“He should also admit his fault in the court (where Jaitley has filed a civil defamation suit against the CM and other AAP members),” he said at the press conference. The 237-page report by a three-member committee headed by Principal Secretary in the Vigilance Department, Chetan Sanghi, had said that considering the “large number of allegations against DDCA,” the cricket body should be immediately suspended by the BCCI.

The BJP spokesperson claimed that after a “conspiracy” by the then Congress government, the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) had carried out a probe and found nothing against Jaitley, a former DDCA chief, “though it was a Congress government.” He said in his press conference that Kejriwal had attacked Jaitley alleging that the CBI raid was carried out for the DDCA file. “Now, the CM himself is trapped... His own team has found no allegation against Jaitley,” Akbar said.

He further said after the November 15 report became public, AAP is trying to wriggle out of the situation, saying the investigation was not meant to name any person. “But there are names in the report... you don’t run government with tamasha (drama),” BJP Spokesperson said.

Jaitley, who headed the DDCA between 1999 and 2013, has been under Opposition’s attack even though he has maintained his innocence.

Without any mention of Jaitley anywhere in the report, the committee made host of observations about alleged irregularities by DDCA which include construction of the corporate boxes without prior approval of the authorities and complaints of forgery in age-verification certificates.

The panel slammed BCCI for its “inaction” in the affairs of DDCA and had recommended that the Delhi government should approach the Supreme Court with a request to have Justice Lodha Committee advice regarding streamlining of the functioning of the cricket administrator.

Aren’t you leaking info at PM’s behest, Sisodia to CBI
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has shot off a letter to the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging the premier agency was maligning the Delhi government at the instance of the Prime Minister and challenged it to prove otherwise. Sisodia also blamed the premier investigative agency for “deliberate selective leaks” to media with a view to defame Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and officers of the Delhi government.

“If these news are not leaked at the instance of the Prime Minister but any officer of the lower rank, I, on behalf of the Delhi government, demand you to conduct an internal inquiry and fix the responsibility,” said Sisodia. “It’s very important to find out who is involved in such selective leaks to defame Delhi Chief Minister and the Delhi government,” he added.

The letter written on December 22 to CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha was released to the media on Sunday by the Delhi government. 

“You yourself admit the fact that the job of CBI is not to fuel political mudslinging by selectively leaking the news but conduct impartial inquiry and get the guilty punished. If you don’t take immediate steps to find out who is behind these leaks, it will be proved that you and your team is involved in misuse of the CBI at the instance of the Prime Minister to defame his political opponents,” he added. Sisodia also emphasised that the involvement of the PM was suspected as the CBI reports to his office.

The reaction from Sisodia came in the light of a news that quoted the CBI sources saying as they found five recordings in the raids of the Delhi Secretariat and the agency was considering to widen the scope of investigation in to the matter. The CBI on December 15 conducted raids at Rajender Kumar’s office, who is Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and recovered some documents.
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