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DDCA scam: Arun Jaitley to file defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal

DDCA scam: Arun Jaitley to file defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some other AAP leaders on Monday for levelling corruption charges against him in the alleged Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some other AAP leaders on Monday for levelling corruption charges against him in the alleged Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam.


Jaitley said he had instructed his legal team to institute civil defamation cases against Kejriwal and others in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts.

The Aam Aadmi Party had alleged huge financial irregularities in DDCA during Arun Jaitley’s 13-year tenure as its chief, saying large amounts were siphoned off through fake companies besides other irregularities including in team selection.

Besides Kejriwal, cases will be filed against Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha, Deepak Bajpayee.
Jaitley said the cases are being filed in his personal capacity against the AAP leaders who issued "false and defamatory" statements against him in the alleged DDCA scam.
AAP leaders quoted from reports of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), DDCA's internal probe committee and a Delhi Government-appointed inquiry panel, accused Jaitley of giving "direct and indirect" consent to "massive corruption" in the cricket body.

"The bungling had happened under direct or indirect consent of Arun Jaitley during his tenure as DDCA chief. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Jaitley to resign to ensure fair probe as some of the competent investigative agencies are under Finance Ministry," AAP Spokesperson Raghav Chadha had said in a press conference earlier this week.
Citing instances of such "frauds", he alleged an additional expenditure of Rs 90 crore was incurred in the renovation of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium against the sanctioned budget of Rs 24 crore and that fake companies were set up by DDCA office-bearers to siphon off money through round tripping.

Arun Jaitley had hit out at AAP leaders for levelling false allegations against him and wrote a detailed written statement dismissing the charges against him.

“Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria,” Jaitley said in a post on Facebook.
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