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DDCA row: AAP’s five posers to Jaitley

The AAP on Friday 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. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on the other hand, fired fresh salvos at the Modi government claiming it had directed the CBI to “target” the Opposition.

Addressing a press conference, top AAP leaders dismissed Jaitley’s assertions of no wrongdoing as “vague” and “misleading” and instead sought to put the ball in his court by making a set of fresh charges.

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 not know about these companies and is it not corruption,” asked the AAP leader.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal tweeted: “A CBI officer told me yesterday that CBI has been asked to target all Opposition parties and finish those who don’t fall in line.”

Kejriwal’s latest salvo came a day after he demanded that Jaitley be removed from the Cabinet for alleged corruption in DDCA, which the latter had headed for 14 years till 2013.

AAP’s 5 questions
  •  Why was corporate box given to a company called 21st Century whose director is a relative?
  •  Did you pressurise ONGC to give funds to Hockey Federation of India?
  •  Why were contracts given to front companies of DDCA office bearers?
  •  How did the 9 companies who were given the contracts have the same address, directors?
  •  Why did you hide the fact that DDCA irregularities were punishable?
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