Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday he wasn’t intimidated by the defamation cases against him filed by finance minister Arun Jaitley over a slew of allegations of financial irregularities in the city’s cricket body, saying his fight against corruption will continue.
The statement came after a day of high drama that saw Jaitley file civil and criminal defamation suits against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders for alleging large-scale financial bungling during the BJP leader’s 13-year tenure as the chief of the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
कोर्ट में केस करके जेटली जी हमें डराने की कोशिश ना करें। भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ हमारी जंग जारी रहेगी।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 21, 2015
The Delhi government also decided to set up an inquiry commission to probe the alleged irregularities under former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium and called a special session of the house to discuss the matter.
“Jaitley ji shud cooperate wid the Commission of Enquiry n prove his innocence there,” the AAP chief tweeted, amid uproar in Parliament over the issue.
Jaitley ji shud cooperate wid the Commission of Enquiry n prove his innocence there— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 21, 2015
Jaitley also filed separate criminal defamation complaints against Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai.
Over the past week, big guns from the AAP and BJP have traded fire over alleged corruption in the DDCA which, the city’s ruling party claims, deepened under Jaitley’s watch. The BJP has rubbished the allegations and said a previous government probe found no proof of wrongdoing against Jaitley.