Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday alleged they have “irrefutable” evidence that Arun Jaitley tried to interfere in a Delhi Police probe into a case of corruption in the capital’s cricket body.
AAP leaders Ashutosh and others at a press conference produced a copy of a letter purportedly written by Jaitley to the then Delhi police commissioner in 2011 asking him to close a corruption case against DDCA officials.
“We challenge Jaitley to deny that on 27, October 2011 he had written a letter to the then police commissioner of Delhi, BK Gupta asking for closure of investigation in the Indraprastha police station against DDCA office bearers regarding the Syndicate Bank cricket team,” Ashutosh said.
AAP also alleged that Jaitley wrote another letter to the special commissioner of Delhi police, Ranjit Narayan, in May 2012 “in a bid to pressurise him to immediately drop questioning of suspect DDCA officials and close the case.”
Ashutosh alleged this was evidence that Jaitley used his political clout as leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha to interfere in an ongoing investigation.
He said it also showed that he was “more than a non-executive president”, referring to Jaitley’s defence against corruption allegations that came up on his tenure at the helm of DDCA
“Jaitley said he didn’t know of Delhi cricket body’s day-to-day working. According to the documents we have, he knew everything,” Ashutosh said.
AAP leaders, including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, have been raising allegations of corruption against Jaitley ever since Delhi principal secretary Rajendra Kumar was raided by the CBI in a graft case on December 15.
Kejriwal and other leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party have accused Jaitley of indulging in financial irregularities while he was at the helm of the DDCA. Jaitley has rejected all allegations of wrongdoing and filed a criminal defamation suit against Kejriwal and five others.