NEW DELHI -- The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Wednesday rejected the allegations of irregularities against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and said that such charges were 'absolutely rubbish'.
"Some allegations have been raised against the DDCA and it needs clarification as everyone is stating their point. First thing is allegation of irregularities on stadium construction. Stadium is made of Rs. 141 crores," DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan told the press conference.
He said that the reason for escalated costs was because capacity earlier was 26,000, but they demolished it and then it was renovated.
"It is recorded in ROC. It was given to EPIL, so I absolutely rubbish the charges," he added.
He rubbished all the allegations against ex-president Jaitley and thanked him for taking care of renovation and making this a state-of-the-art stadium.
In separate press conferences here, both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had earlier demanded Jaitley's resignation for a fair and impartial inquiry into the DDCA irregularities.
Reacting to demands by the Congress Party and the AAP for his resignation, Jaitley said he could answer specific issue, but he could not answer "vague allegation" without any basis.
"If they tell me what is the specific issue, I can answer it, but I can't answer vague allegation without any basis," he said.
"Secondly, a state government and a party, which is in the dock for having supported corruption, and having interfered in an investigation in this manner, can't really deflect the issue without any basis," Jaitley added.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken, said "The DDCA irregularity is a very serious matter, and thus, serious examination should be done and serious action should be taken. The DDCA issue should not be diluted, and should not be marred into political controversy as grave irregularities have been committed."
Demanding Jaitley's resignation, he said, "As long as Mr. Jaitley is the Finance Minister, and is the minister in-charge of corporate law affairs, how can you expect a fair trial to take place under his finance ministership?"
Demanding his "resignation for a fair and impartial probe", AAP Core Committee member Sanjay Singh told reporters: "Tomorrow (on Thursday), the AAP will divulge details of the DDCA irregularities, which will enable you to draw a complete picture of irregularities."
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