Arun Jaitley © Getty Images
Arun Jaitley © Getty Images

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was aware of irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and tried to influence the ongoing probe. Citing documents, Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh said that Jaitley wrote a letter to Delhi Police asking them to close the entire investigation following the first information reports on the Syndicate Bank Cricket Club bungling case, which is part of the DDCA irregularities. “Jaitley was aware of corruption going in the DDCA but he tried to cover up the matter,” said Ashutosh. ALSO READ: Kirti Azad demands CBI probe into DDCA corruption

He said: “Jaitley misused his position as (then) leader of opposition of the Rajya Sabha to pressurise Delhi Police (on DDCA issue).” Demanding Jaitley’s resignation, Ashutosh said Jaitley was fully involved in DDCA matters and also tried to influence investigation. Former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, who heads the Delhi government’s proposed panel to inquire into the “DDCA scam”, has asked National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for officers who will make up his investigating team. In a letter he sent on Monday to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Subramanium said he had written to Doval and requested him to suggest the names of competent officers to become part of the probe. ALSO READ: DDCA corruption: Arvind Kejriwal refuses to apologise to Arun Jaitley

“I have requested him [Doval] in a professional manner to forward me the names of such candidates as could suitabily constitute a Special Investigation Team [SIT] and to assist the Commission [of inquiry],” he wrote. Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad on Monday rejected his party’s argument that a SFIO probe had found no scam in DDCA affairs and sought a comprehensive probe by central agencies, including CBI and ED. Making it clear that he was not targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he sought to drag Congress leaders in the row, alleging that the previous UPA government did not take action because many of its nominees like Rajeev Shukla, Naveen Jindal and Arvinder Singh Lovely were working as DDCA directors