The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Wednesday decided to file a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad and other top Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) functionaries for making “wild and baseless” allegations of corruption against the cricket body.
Addressing a press conference where all top DDCA officials were present, its acting president Chetan Chauhan said a lot of “false” charges have been levelled against the state cricket body and it was forced to take legal recourse against those spreading such disinformation.
Three agencies are already probing the cases against the DDCA and there is no need for a fresh probe to be initiated by the AAP government, he said.
Continuing its offensive against central finance minister Arun Jaitley, AAP said Jaitley, in his capacity as president of DDCA in 2011, had “pressured” the then police commissioner to “close” an investigation involving a cricket club of a bank.
DDCA countered the allegations by saying there was nothing fishy in that case and circulated letters issued by the bank to substantiate their claims.
Speaking about the Syndicate Bank Club issue, sports secretary Sunil Dev said Jaitley had done nothing wrong by writing those letters.
Dev said Syndicate decided not to field the team in 2005 and one of their employees Bhola Shankar approached the bank to take permission if it could field the team.
“The bank granted the permission in November 2005 but made it clear that the team should not have non-employees and it would be treated as a private club,” Dev said, flashing the letter of the Syndicate Bank.
“The case was given to the Crime Branch and the DDCA also went through their inquiry. Nothing was found. So all these allegations are baseless,” he said.
Chauhan said a number of serious charges like sexual favours being sought by DDCA members in team selection and money being sought in age-group selections have been made in the past few days.
“These are serious allegations being levelled against the DDCA. You cannot just make wild allegations. We need proof also. If there are such charges, we have no knowledge about these. Nobody has ever complained to us,” Chauhan said.
“We are aware of the sensitivity of such an issue and we will ensure that their identities are protected. But we should have something in writing to initiate the process. I can assure you that we will seriously inquire into it and if found guilty, action will be taken against the official,” he said.
Chauhan said it is unfair to make such wild charges and tarnish the image of the organisation without giving any proof. “Wherever there is scope, we will file defamation cases,” he said.
He also said that former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam, who has been appointed by the AAP Government to conduct the probe into the DDCA affairs, has a conflict of interest.
“He is the legal advisor of the Delhi Government and takes fees. How can he conduct the probe?” Chauhan asked.