DDCA Takes Ugly Turn; Kirti Azad Pleads Hack Attack After 'Eunuch' Tweet

22/12/2015 4:45 PM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:00 PM IST

The political battle surrounding the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) took an ugly turn after a tweet from the account of former cricket player Kirti Azad, a bitter critic of Arun Jaitley, referred to the Finance Minister as a eunuch. Azad later claimed in a tweet that his account was hacked.


However, the offending tweet was not deleted at 4 PM on Tuesday.

A special session of the Delhi Assembly is currently on to discuss the scam that has brought the fight between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party from the streets to the court. The assembly is likely to pass a resolution sanctioning setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe the irregularities, reported NDTV. The one member Commission of Enquiry will be headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium.

The Delhi High Court has also sought the response of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders on a civil defamation suit filed against them by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Jaitley has been accused of corruption by the Delhi Government and former players including Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi during his tenure as president of DDCA till 2013.

The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress has demanded the resignation of the Finance Minister from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe against him.

Azad had even written letter to the SHO, IP Estate, alleging that rules were flouted during Jaitley's tenure as DDCA president. Azad had even requested Delhi Police to thoroughly investigate the matter against Jaitley.

Taking cognisance of the demand of probe in the DDCA scam, Kejriwal formed a two-member committee to investigate the allegations. The Delhi government was preparing to set up a Commission of Inquiry over it when the CBI raided the Delhi Secretariat.

Kejriwal had alleged that the CBI raid was conducted to take possession of the DDCA files which were kept in his office.

Jaitley denied Kejriwal's allegations as 'utterly baseless'. He had earlier opposed former sports minister in the UPA government Ajay Maken's proposal to make sports bodies like the DDCA more transparent and accountable.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported the Finance Minister and said he will come through "with flying colours" against the charges of corruption levelled against him by the opposition in the same way LK Advani did in the Hawala case.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as having said that BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje had similarly faced such "wrong" charges from Congress earlier.

"The Prime Minister gave the example of L K Advani. The government at that time tried to implicate him in the Hawala case. Advani came through with flying colours and the strategy of Congress boomeranged. Same thing is going to happen regarding allegations against Jaitley... Congress is inventing issue to defame the government," Naidu said.

Advani and a number of other leaders were investigated by CBI during the Congress government headed by P V Narasimha Rao.

Advani had resigned from Lok Sabha in 1996 after allegations were levelled against him in the hawala case. The case, however, later collapsed due to lack of evidence.

BJP has rallied around Jaitley. A number of Union Ministers had also joined Jaitley, a key party strategist, in a court where he had filed defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders. (With inputs from agencies)

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