Sunday, December 20, 2015

Jaitley files defamation suits against Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leaders

NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed defamation suits against Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders after they accused him of corruption in Delhi's cricket body, which he headed for 13 years till 2013.

As the political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified between AAP and Jaitley, the party hit back at the Finance Minister saying it will file an FIR against him today.

"I will file an FIR against @arunjaitley and others tomorrow," AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted.

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.

Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet and said it would not be "bogged down by such intimadatory tactics".

AAP government also announced a Commission of Inquiry to go into alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association.

Besides Kejriwal, cases have been 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.

Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley and his family members with regard to the DDCA affairs.

Jaitley has rubbished the allegations against his family members. He has chosen not to give any legal notice to Kejriwal and other AAP leaders asking them to apologize or face defamation cases. Instead, the cases will be filed straightaway in the courts.

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