Congress seeks JPC probe into DDCA, Jaitley’s resignation


Alleging financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association, the Congress on Wednesday demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe and said Arun Jaitley should not continue as Finance Minister till the probe was completed.

There were “gross financial irregularities” in the DDCA which was headed by Jaitley for 14 years — from 1999 to 2013 — Congress’s senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said.

“The Congress demands that Jaitley’s tenure as DDCA chief and his team’s gross financial irregularities in the cricket body should be inquired into by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC),” Maken told reporters in New Delhi.

He said there was “no hope of a fair probe till Jaitley was the finance minister” and demanded his resignation till the probe was completed.

The Congress leader slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks that the Aam Aadmi Party government was to order a Commission of Inquiry into the DDCA affairs.

Maken said the power to order an inquiry in Delhi rested with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

He said Kejriwal should have instead favoured a court-monitored CBI probe into the issue.

“His (Kejriwal’s) intention was not to act into the serious allegations of irregularities in the DDCA,” Maken said.