NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Monday approved setting up of a one-member Commission of Inquiry under former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to probe the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The Cabinet also decided to call a special session of the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday to discuss these alleged irregularities and the recent CBI raid at the Chief Minister’s Office.
This would be the third special session of the Delhi Assembly, convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his 10-month rule. The decision to form the commission came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year tenure as its chief. Jaitley has rubbished the allegations. “Delhi Cabinet resolves to set up Commission of Inquiry on DDCA scam. Special session of assembly tomorrow to discuss DDCA scam and CBI raids on Delhi Secretariat,” Kejriwal tweeted.
“We will present a resolution in the House to approve setting up of the Commission of Inquiry,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after the cabinet meeting.
Following a CBI raid in Delhi Secretariat in connection with alleged corruption charges against Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, AAP has been claiming that the agency carried out the searches to target the AAP chief and was looking for a file relating to alleged graft in DDCA. Since then, the party has been demanding Jaitley’s resignation.
The decision to appoint the committee came a month after an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bungling. The panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital. It had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.