CSI called on former Olympians and other sportspersons to support Kirti Azad in his "fight against corruption in sports" © PTI
CSI called on former Olympians and other sportspersons to support Kirti Azad in his “fight against corruption in sports” © PTI

Bangalore: Clean Sports (CSI), a movement for corruption-free sports, offered its support to cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad who has been suspended by the BJP for leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). “Clean Sports India strongly condemns the action of BJP to suspend Kirti Azad who is fighting against corruption in DDCA,” the CSI said in a statement. “CSI is saddened to note the silence of former cricketers on this issue. Most of the former cricketers, except few like Bishan Singh Bedi, are compromised with corrupt cricket management of India,” it added. DDCA corruption to be investigated by Delhi government through Commission of Inquiry

CSI called on former Olympians and other sportspersons to support Azad in his “fight against corruption in sports”. BJP had accused Azad of indulging in anti-party activities and “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring the party into “disrepute”. The action of the BJP Parliamentary Board to suspend him from the party’s primary membership with immediate effect came after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament. Kirti Azad accuses BJP of ousting him for speaking the truth about DDCA corruption

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has issued a notification for setting up of a Commission of Inquiry, headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1992 and 2015, and asked it to submit its report within three months. The government’s move, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre as the former had not sought approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for forming such a probe panel.