I was pressurised to name a VIP in my report: Delhi govt’s DDCA probe panel chief


The Delhi government probe panel chief investigating the alleged irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association has written to the Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mherishi, saying he was “pressurised” to name “VIP” in report.

Chetan Sanghi, a senior servant in Delhi government, wrote to Mehrishi in December last year.

In his two page letter, he wrote, “There was a lot of pressure from various stakeholders since the subject was controversial… The complaints were pouring thick and fast and many of these were from important people and had allegations by name. There was considerable emphasis on naming who were at fault and in particular a certain VIP. But since the formal mandate was not to do so, a very tight rope walk was taken.”

Sanghi was entrusted with the responsibility to probe irregularities by Delhi government in November last year with his panel comprising of Punya S Srivastava, an IAS officer in Delhi government’s education department and Rahul Mehra, senior AAP leader and now a lawyer for the Delhi government.

Sanghi was later slapped with two FIRs by Anti-Corruption Branch for alleged wrongdoings during his tenure as CMD, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation between 2010 and 2012.

Sanghi’s disclosure reported by some media outlets seem to suggest that the VIP in question was Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, who the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders have been asking to resign.

Jaitley has filed civil and criminal defamation cases seeking damages worth Rs 10 crore.