New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday launched a veiled attack on BJP MP Kirti Azad, alleging that an MP met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and told her to “fix” him together.
“One Member of Parliament (BJP MP Kirti Azad) wrote to the Congress government, he met Sonia Gandhi (during UPA tenure). He met Sonia Gandhi and they said we will fix Jaitley. So they referred it to the Serious Frauds Office (SFIO). In 2013, the SFIO gave a report saying there are procedural irregularities in the company no case of fraud is made out. The whole issue ended,” Jaitley told The Times of India.
He was referring to the current onslaught by the AAP on him in the alleged DDCA scam. He clarified that no scam took place during his tenure as DDCA president.
“I have been away from cricket from 2013. There are some issues of payments, some controversies of the period after I have left. I know nothing of that. About my period two things are said — the stadium and corporate boxes. This is the only stadium in Delhi which is built without tax-payers money. So how do you collect resources? We created 43 corporate boxes and in each we advance sold the ticket for Rs 1 lakh each for a seat for 10 years. We sold signage, pavilion end, long off, long on, the corners and raised Rs 35 crore. BCCI then hiked our money from Rs 4 crore to Rs 50 crore. The civil works cost about Rs 58 crore. So the next allegation is that if you gave Rs 58 crore to Engineering projects India limited (public sector firm) how was the rest of the money spent? There was flooring, toilets for 50,000 people, sanitation, electrification, furniture for 42,000 people, airconditioning of covered areas, ground and practice pitches, turnstiles at 17 gates, flood-lights, gensets. The cost was Rs 114 crore and all payments were through cheque,” he was quoted by TOI.
He said his children had no stakes in any sports management company and were not benefitted in any manner in awarding the contract of the management of a stadium to a said company.
He also tool a dig at Delhi government, saying it conspired to ensure that the match against India and South Africa didn’t take place.
“If the government in Delhi conspired to ensure that Delhi does not get a Test match against South Africa it was only the high court which intervened and appointed a retired chief justice to conduct the match. And if this attitude continues, Delhi government would only attempt to ensure that in Women's and Men's T20 World Cup, Delhi is denied the 11 matches early next year. This is what he (Kejriwal) is trying to do,” he added.
A combative Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, furious over the CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat, had alleged that the day-long action by the probe agency was to look for an inquiry committee file relating to Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) that “traps” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
“It has become necessary to reveal that why did the CBI come to my office today and which was the file they were looking for. This is the DDCA file under which Arun Jaitley is getting trapped. (Ye file hai DDCA ka file jiske andar Arun Jaitley phas rahe hain),” the Delhi Chief Minister claimed.
Kejriwal said his government had set up an inquiry committee to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA which had submitted its report.
“Jaitley was the DDCA President for many years and I had set up a committee to probe all the corruption that has taken place during his tenure. The committee has submiited its report and a commission of inquiry was to be set up over it, and a file pertaining to it was in my office,” Kejriwal had alleged.
The CBI had earlier clarified it carried out searches at the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat and not that of the Chief Minister. The action was in connection with allegations against Kumar of favouring private companies in awarding government contracts from 2007-2014.