Delhi HC seeks AAP chief’s reply on Arun Jaitley defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal

Bad situation for Delhi Chief Minister, Delhi HC on Wednesday looked for AAP convener’s reaction on a crisp request documented by the Union Finance Minister.

The interest required activity against Kejriwal for professedly documenting a false oath that he had not trained his guidance to utilise hostile words against Jaitley. . It has been learnt that Justice Manmohan issued a notice to Kejriwal and searched for his response inside a month.

Prominently, Jaitley had recorded a Rs 10 cr criticism suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP pioneers matter for December 11. Notably, Jaitley had filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders. In a fresh application, Jaitley said that Kejriwal had filed a reply denying that he had instructed his senior lawyer to make derogatory comments.

However, this was opposed by his former counsel Ram Jethmalani two days later. Senior advocates appearing for the Union finance minister, urged the court to allow them to file a criminal complaint against Kejriwal.
The high court had on July 26 requested that Kejriwal not put “shameful” inquiries to Jaitley amid the round of questioning in the criticism suit recorded by the Union priest against the central clergyman and five others – Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The court had conceded the round of questioning of Jaitley from July 28 to August 28 after Kejriwal’s direction looked for time.

The principal Rs 10 crore maligning suit was recorded by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other AAP pioneers in 2015. Jaitley, who precluded every one of the charges from securing defilement leveled by the AAP pioneers in December 2015, had guaranteed that they had made “false and defamatory” explanations for the situation including the DDCA.

Sources: DNA, Outlook

DDCA Asks for Changes to Justice Mudgal’s List Ahead of World Twenty20

Justice Mukul Mudgals’ 12-member organizing committee for the ICC World T20 matches scheduled at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi failed to mention C.K. Khanna, VP, Delhi District Cricket Association(DDCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in their list. This prompted a response from the DDCA’s working president who is also handling the event, Chetan Chauhan, who was quick to write a letter to Justice Mudgal with his recommendations.

 Khanna’s exclusion from the list surprised many, with several DDCA officials being dissatisfied with Mudgal’s list. Chauhan admitted to writing to Mudgal with his opinions, but said that he would not impose any of his views; the final decision shall rest with Justice Mudgal.

Khanna himself downplayed the snub by stating that it’s a small issue being blown out of proportion. He said “I will be overseeing all the departments and their workings, so it does not matter if I’m included in a committee or not.”

 A five-member panel will be overseeing the work done by the organizing committee. The members on the panel include Justice Mugal, former cricketer Sunil Valson, Amrit Mathur representing the board, DDCA official Suresh Chopra, and M.V Sridhar who is the tournament director for the ICC World T20.

 

Sources: The Indian Express, Zee News

Centre declares DDCA probe panel illegal

Gopal Subramanium led special panel appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party’s government in Delhi to probe alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has been declared “unconstitutional and illegal” by the Central government on Friday morning.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has accordingly held that the notification… issued by the Directorate of Vigilance, Government of NCT of Delhi, is unconstitutional, illegal and therefore has no legal effect,” read the letter issued by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

The Union Home Ministry, justified the decision by stating that since Delhi is not a full-fledged state, it does not have constitutional powers t form its own probe panel. The Aam Aadmi government, however, questioned the powers of the Centre to decide on legality, and added that it is the sole responsibility of the judiciary to decide whether it is unconstitutional. The Kejriwal government also questioned if the party holding power at the Centre was ‘afraid’ of an independent probe.

The DDCA scandal gained prominence after the Central government raided the Delhi Chief Secretary’s office, almost a month ago.

 

TOI , IBNLive

AAP alleges Jaitley’s interference in DDCA probe

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried to interfere in the Delhi police’s investigation of a case related to corruption in District and Delhi Cricket Association (DDCA).

The party produced letters written by Jaitley, who was at the helm of DDCA for 13 years till 2013, to the Delhi police.

In one of the letters dated October 27,2011, he wrote to then Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta asking him to close the probe against DDCA officials. In the letter, Jaitley wrote that the investigation into the irregularities related to the Syndicate Bank Cricket Club should be closed as the “DDCA had done no wrong”.

In an other letter dated May 5, 2012 produced by AAP during the press conference, Jaitley wrote to Ranjit Narayan, then Special Commissioner in Delhi Police, asking him to stop questioning the DDCA office bearers.

The letter reads, ” The complaints are unsubstantiated and do not disclose any offence. Certain office bearers of the DDCA are feeling harassed by the repeated questioning in this regard.”

AAP leader Ashutosh said that on the basis of the documentary, there is prima facie evidence proving Jaitley’s interference in the DDCA probe.

The party also posed five questions to Jaitley, including whether he had misused his position as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha to settle the case against DDCA officials.

Source: The Hindu

DDCA Controversy: SIT probe on the cards?

Coming as yet another development in the DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) fiasco, Gopal Subramaniam – head of the inquiry commission to probe the cricket body’s alleged irregularities – has written to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval requesting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for the case, constituted of officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police.

The former solicitor general is heading the inquiry panel that was set up by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government to indict finance minister Arun Jaitley on charges of financial irregularities and conflict of interest during his tenure as the President of the DDCA till 2013.

Significantly, in response to such allegations, Jaitley had filed a defamation suit/case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders.

On the issue, Subramaniam was quoted by Hindustan Times and Times of India as saying, “I have written to him because he is the National Security Advisor… he is in the position to identify who are competent people in various organisations and to send names of independent police officers who can investigate meticulously (HT)… I have sought 4-5 officers from the CBI, the IB and the Delhi Police each for the commission.” (TOI)

The political sparring between the Centre and AAP has been going on in full flow, with questions being raised about the jurisdiction of the respective governments in the context of the case. While the Centre has brought to attention the purported limitations of the Delhi government, and is all set to declare the inquiry commission as invalid, Gopal Subramaniam has maintained that the panel adheres to the provisions of the Constitution.

SOURCES:

Hindustan Times

Times of India 

Kirti Azad faces flak from BJP; suspended over Jaitley issue

BJP President Amit Shah today suspended MP Kirti Azad, for targeting Arun Jaitley with allegations of irregularities regarding DDCA, Delhi’s cricket body. Citing “anti-party activities” as the reason, Azad was suspended immediately from the party ranks.

A notice has also been issued to him, in which answers for his behavior have been demanded. The party stated that any further action shall be decided based on his answer.

Kirti Azad highlighted corruption allegations against Jaitley, involving Delhi and District Cricket Association, of which Jaitley was head till the year 2013, for a cumulative 2013. Azad defied the party chief and held a press conference on Sunday, against the wishes of the party.

However, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, and Bishen Singh Bedi have shown support for Azad. A series of social media firing has also been doing the rounds, targeting Jaitley, which further prompted action by the party.

Recently, Jaitley filed defamation and criminal suits against Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in Delhi High Court, he surprisingly spared Azad from his attack. BJP has shown full support for the Finance minister, with Narendra Modi stating confidently that Jaitley will come out of this unscathed.

Sources: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bjp-may-take-action-against-kirti-azad-for-targeting-arun-jaitley-sources-1258122

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bjp-mp-kirti-azad-suspended/article8022134.ece

Kirti Azad suspended from BJP over press conference against Union Minister Arun Jaitley Source: India Today
Kirti Azad suspended from BJP over press conference against Union Minister Arun Jaitley
Source: India Today

 

AAP vs Arun Jaitley: Party workers protest outside minister’s residence

New Delhi: Amidst escalating tensions, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers this morning protested outside Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister’s house as they insisted fiercely on his resignation. The logjam occurred over alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), among other issues which ignited a battle between center and state.

The police stopped the protest march to Jaitley’s residence at Tughlaq Road in New Delhi, and used water cannons to disperse the crowd after the protesters scaled the police barricades setup outside Jaitley’s house. Placards and slogans clearly demonstrated AAP’s fight for the Union Minister’s resignation.

A criminal defamation complaint had been filed by Jaitley against Arvind Kejriwal along with five other AAP leaders, for allegedly defaming him in the controversy pertaining to DDCA. This comes in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and his party, over corruption charges such as irregularities and mismatched financial transactions of DDCA, of which Jaitley was president till 2013, for about 13 years.

Jagdeep Singh, a MLA from AAP, led the protests and said in a statement, “This is a peaceful protest. Arun Jaitley should resign. They are conducting CBI raids on us for small things.” Somnath Bharti, former Delhi law minister, was also seen participating in the protest.

Sources: http://www.abplive.in/india-news/ddca-row-aap-protests-against-against-jaitely-demands-resignation-264117

http://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/in-tit-for-tat-aap-protests-outside-arun-jaitleys-house-1258075

Protesters outside Jaitley’s residence Image source: www.rediff.com
Protesters outside Jaitley’s residence
Image source: www.rediff.com