NEW DELHI: The Congress Party on Thursday condemned the ‘scared’ Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for suspending its MP Kirti Azad who has been making public statements that there was corruption in the DDCA when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was heading it.
“Kirti Azad has raised an issue which was being discussed for a long time. It would have been apt if there was probe in it. So the reaction of the BJP on this can be fear of the truth against whom Kirti Azad is alleging. So suppressing someone’s voice like this, I think is not right,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.
“It clearly shows that the party is scared. Kirti Azad is saying this thing for the last 7-10 years...so you would have cautioned him before. During the election, you had given him the ticket,” he added.
The BJP on Wednesday suspended its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad.
The party issued a terse letter in the evening stating, "For anti-party activities, Shri Kirti Azad, MP, Darbhanga, is with immediate effect suspended from the party."
Meanwhile, Jaitley has filed criminal defamation case and also filed civil defamation suit in Delhi High Court of Rs. 10 crores against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, amid a raging row over irregularities in the DDCA and allegations of corruptions against him by the Delhi Government.
The Patiala House court has set January 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. as the next date of hearing for the criminal defamation case filed by Jaitley.
Noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani will represent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation lawsuits filed by the Finance Minister.