New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday issued a statement in Lok Sabha on the allegations of a scam in DDCA while he was the president.
“ We constructed a stadium with capacity 50,000 in Rs 114 crore, whereas Congress government renovated Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium for Rs 600 crore with capacity 14,000. SFIO cleared us. I say the allegations against us are wrong, baseless,” he said.
Before Congress leaders could react, BJP MP Kirti Azad interjected, demanding probe in the matter.
“The stadium was renovated for Rs 600 crore. People who did it are bearing the consequences of that,” he said.
“Modi government is against corruption. That is why CBI is probing DDCA’s activities between 2008 and 2013. Everybody knows who the president was during this time. He should rather demand a speedy probe. Truth will come out in a few months,” he added.
Earlier, BJP MP and Former cricketer Kirti Azad openly challenged Finance Minister Arun Jaitely to file defamation case against him as the he filed defamation suit against others including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Azad tweeted, “Hello dear Arun Jaitely, hampar defemation file kar rahe ho na? Please karo na Don’t take injunction, don’t gag freedom of speech.
“Mera naam kyon hata diya Arun Jaitely, AAP ne toh mere letters dikhae theey, mujhpar karo na case, registered post se maine bheje theey”
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed civil defamation suit in Delhi High Court against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders, amid a raging row over irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and allegations of corruptions against him by the Delhi Government.
Jaitley has filed the defamation suit of Rs 10 crore against AAP leaders.
The Delhi Government had yesterday decided to constitute a commission of enquiry to probe the alleged corruption in the DDCA.
Kejriwal had written a letter to senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam to head the commission.
Finance Minister Jaitley has been accused of corruption by the Delhi Government and former players including Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi during his tenure as president of DDCA till 2013.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress Party has demanded for the resignation of theFinance Minister from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe against him.
Hitting back, Jaitley had said in his blog that the AAP convener is trying to divert attention and protecting his corrupt Principal Secretary by linking it to the Delhi Cricket body.