New Delhi: Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium today said he accepted Delhi Government’s request to head a Commission of Inquiry into affairs of DDCA as its purpose is “positive” and called Finance Minister Arun Jaitley a valued and distinguished colleague of his for almost 37 years.
The Delhi Cabinet today approved setting up of the one member Commission of Inquiry under Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) which was headed by Jaitley for around 13 years till 2013.
“I would accept the assignment on the understanding that the purpose of the Commission is positive in content and the Government should be benefited to take forward Cricket to better and higher levels .
“It is only fair that I must mention that Shri Arun Jaitly whose name has figured in the news has been a valued and distinguished colleague of mine for almost 37 years,” Subramanium said in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
He further said, “As I see that terms of reference are in relation to a larger public purpose, I would unhesitatingly accept the assignment.”
Subramanium said he would conduct the probe with a professional approach and charge Rs 1 for discharging his duties.
“I am a deeply interested cricket lover and wanted to be a full fledged cricket commentator on the Radio!
“You may be assured of my professional approach to the terms of reference. I would , consistent with my standards in the past, charge Rs One for discharging my duties,” the noted lawyer said.
The decision to form the Commission by Delhi government came amid AAP’s fierce attack on Jaitley over alleged irregularities in DDCA under his watch.
Around a month back, an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bungling.
The Delhi Government panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.
The committee had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Inquiries Act while mentioning about findings on DDCA’s alleged wrongdoings by various probe panels in the recent past including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).
BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, yesterday had demanded an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA.