Wed. Sep 18th, 2019

DDCA probe panel chief Gopal Subramanium seeks officers from NSA Doval

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DDCA probe panel chief Gopal Subramanium has written to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, asking him for a team of officers.

In his letter to NSA Ajit Doval, Subramanium has asked for CBI officers, IB officers and police personnel to form a Special Investigation Team to inquire into allegations of financial irregularities in DDCA.

In his letter to Doval, Subramanium wrote, “I, therefore, request you to knidly shortlist and send, for my consideration a) the dossiers of five of the best officers of the IB, who should be of the level of Joint Director and belowl and those who would have investigative ability; b) Five officers from the CBI; and c) five officers of the Delhi police, with their records. I would leave it to your discretion to choose any officer(s) from any of the other State Cadres, you believe to be competent.”

He further wrote, “I have absolutely no doubt that the Central Government, which has persuaded the Delhi Government to undertake a proper inquiry into the irregularities of the DDCA, will also render all suitable assistance to the Commission.

“I request you in your capacity as National Security Advisor and having regard to the fact that some of the disclosures may also pertain to national security, it is important that I must ask you to step in and offer suitably qualified officers who will also be morally endowed to assist the commission.”

In a separate letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Subramanium also informed him of the fact that he had asked Doval for men to assist in the inquiry.

He wrote, “Knowing the high stature of the National Security Advisor and the manner in which the earlier National Security Advisor has dealt with security implications, which could also emerge in the course of the inquiry, I think it is only fair that I must have men of character, loyalty, integrity, dispassion, independence and impartiality. Such officers in the Indian Police Service are not difficult to find. I am sure Mr. Doval will honour my request.

“Similarly, I request you to send the name of five outstanding investigative officers from the Anti Corruption Bureau with their dossiers.”

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for 13 years, was involved in fudging of accounts, illegal financial deals and forgery. Quashing the allegations, Jaitley has filed civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

Jaitley received support from India captain Virat Kohli and former stars Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. “Grateful to have @arunjaitley ji as the president of our association. He has always wanted to improve the game and help cricketers in every way,” Kohli had tweeted.

Gopal Subramanium’s letter concluded with a request that some disclosures in the inquiry may have national security ramifications, and he requested NSA Ajit Doval to step in and forward names of suitable officers who are morally endowed to take part in the investigation.

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