‘Who asked Virat Kohli’s father for a favour? AAP asks Arun Jaitley
Ever since the AAP vs DDCA-Jaitley fight broke out, there have been dramatic twists and turns. However, this time the fight has taken an interesting turn with the Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli admitting that his father was asked for a favour in order to get him enrolled in the Under-14 Team of Delhi.
Taking a cue from Virat’s interview, the AAP continued its scathing attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and DDCA, seeking a clarification from the latter on Thursday as to who in the state cricket board who had asked Virat’s late father for a favour. Interestingly, Virat’s revelation backs the Aam Aadmi Party’s charges on irregularities in the cricket board during Jaitley’s tenure as the alleged incident happened when the board was headed by Arun Jaitley.
Claiming that many players in the national team were in touch with the party in regard to the alleged irregularities in the DDCA, the party also dared the cricket body to file a defamation suit against it, which it had threatened to do on Wednesday.
“In the press conference yesterday (Wednesday) DDCA’s acting president Chetan Chauhan said that the DDCA has produced players like Virat Kohli who captained Team India. They also claim that Virat Kohli has come out in praise of Mr Arun Jaitley.
“But in an interview on December 18 in a national daily, the same player said that he was asked for a favour to get into him into the Under-14 Team. This was dismissed by his father. And Mr Jaitley was the President of the DDCA. This reflects that there were irregularities in the selection of the team,” AAP leader Ashutosh said.
Incidentally, many players, including Kohli, had come out in support of Jaitley after the charges were levelled against him over alleged irregularities in the DDCA.
The party had on Wednesday accused Jaitley of putting pressure on the then Delhi Police Commissioner to “close” investigation into a case involving a cricket club of a bank in 2011, while suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad claimed that the SFIO probe report had recommended his “prosecution”.
“By trying to shield those involved in the DDCA irregularities as the Leader of Opposition, Jaitley has committed a Constitutional crime, an offence against the country,” Ashutosh said.
- Can you deny that Chetan Chauhan submitted a 10-page report on the fraud in the Syndicate Bank Cricket Club case on 5 August, 2010?
- Despite being in possession of this report, why did you lie to the Delhi Police in your letters dated 27 October 2011 and 5 May 2012, saying that the complaint was unsubstantiated and disclosed no offence, and the DDCA had done no wrong?
- Was this report shared with the DDCA members and was it placed before any AGM? In both your letters to the Delhi Police you have tried to pressurise it for closing the case. Were you not trying to suppress the scam?
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