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Kirti Acts Azad, Goes Ahead With Accusations Against DDCA

New Delhi; Dec.21:  BJP MP Kirti Azad on Sunday held a press conference to 'expose the biggest DDCA corruption', despite his party's warning against going public with his allegations. The MP in the conference played a video clip, which claimed there were massive irregularities and rampant corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) during Arun Jaitley's tenure as its head.

"There is no personal animosity against anyone. My campaign is against corruption," said Azad during the press conference.

Azad alleged that the DDCA had given contracts to fake companies, paying them crores of rupees in cash and had fudged auditing.

Addressing mediapersons here, Azad displayed a video produced by WikiLeaks4India which claimed that the DDCA had given out contracts to various companies but the addresses given for these were found to be false.

It also alleged that the DDCA hired office and other equipment at vastly inflated prices, including hiring of laptops at Rs 16,000 per day and printers at Rs 3,000 per day.

On Saturday, BJP chief Amit Shah had called Azad to impress upon him that he should not go ahead with his charges at a time when opposition parties, especially AAP, have gone after Jaitley over the alleged corruption in DDCA when he headed the cricket body. Azad, however, decided to go ahead with the press conference today.

Azad, a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983, also refuted former DDCA president Arun Jaitley's allegation that he had met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in order to sketch out a plan to target him.

"If someone is raising these allegations, he must know that three fingers will point back at him," he said.

Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of corruption by Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded that he Jaitley must resign or be removed from his post as union finance minister in order to enable an independent probe into DDCA matters.

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