DDCA inquiry report not linked to Delhi Test: Delhi govt

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Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday clarified that the issue of the DDCA hosting an India-South Africa Test next month in Delhi was not linked to a probe it conducted into the association’s malpractices or its report, which it has now made public.

“Delhi government makes it clear that the ongoing matter regarding the India-South Africa Test match is not in any manner related to this probe report, nor was it the issue before the inquiry committee, which has now submitted its report,” said a government statement.

“It is unfortunate that some vested interests made a desperate attempt to link the probe into DDCA wrongdoings and financial irregularities with the hosting of the Test match in Delhi.”

The government, however, indicated that it cannot interfere into the affairs of the Excise Department of Delhi, which has slapped a Rs 24.46 crore entertainment tax on the DDCA.

“Delhi government cannot interfere in the proceedings before tax authorities, which are performing their quasi-judicial functions, and any attempt to link the government with the DDCA tax matter is clearly false and misleading,” it clarified.

The 248-page report of the three-member special committed was made public on Tuesday evening.

“The government is currently examining this report and will soon decide its further course of action based on the findings of this committee report,” said the government statement.

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