Bedi backs Kejriwal in tirade against DDCA

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Lashing out at the alleged financial irregularities involving the DDCA, former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Friday came out in support of the Delhi government’s recent action to probe the affairs of the capital city’s cricket governing body.

Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation for alleged corruption during his 13-year reign as the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also said that Jaitley must resign or be sacked in view of the “very serious allegations” against him.

“I am grateful to Arvind Kejriwal who is the first CM of Delhi who has taken a step to look into corruption of DDCA. I am thankful to him. Kejriwal has the guts to take on these challenges,” Bedi was quoted as saying by the ABP news channel.

Bedi also demanded that the DDCA should be registered under the society act instead of the existing company laws.

“DDCA is a company and companies are formed to make business and in many ways, DDCA is run like a business. For me, we are focused more on the selection process of various teams, nepotism in appointing managers and officials,” he added.

Even though he didn’t categorically accuse Jaitley of financial wrongdoings, Bedi insisted that the union finance minister had allowed the mess inside the DDCA to continue.

“He failed to do what were his intentions. DDCA’s infrastructure gone down very drastically. He did’n get a good management and he allowed himself to be sucked into the system,” Bedi said while coming down hard on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran.

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