DDCA probe chief asks NSA Doval for competent officers

RSTV Bureau

Gopal subramaniamIn a new twist to the DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) probe, the probe panel chief Gopal Subramaniam has written to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval asking him for officers to probe allegations of financial irregularities. Subramaniam has sought names of competent officers who can become a part of the investigating team.

“I have written to him because he is the National Security Advisor. Apart from that, he is a very distinguished police officer…he is in the position to identify who are competent people in various organisations and to send names of independent police officers who can investigate meticulously,” Subramaniam said.

“The reason to seek his help is also his ability to judge if there is any issue relating to the security which I am very particular about in the matter as anything may come up during the investigation,” he explained.

The former Solicitor General of India said that his request to Doval is part of the enquiry procedure which calls for appropriate “logistical infrastructure” before beginning the probe.

“I do not want to pick someone I know but only someone who is competent enough. This is part of any enquiry procedure that you need to have logistical infrastructure in place to beginning the probe,” he added.

“By virtue of your (Doval) association with the IB and having been a distinguished Police Officer, I call upon you for assistance as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the Government of NCT to undertake an inquiry into the affairs of the DDCA and allied matters,” said Subramanaim’s letter to NSA Ajit Doval.

Gopal Subramaniam’s letter to the NSA comes a day after he called for a live telecast of the proceedings to make the probe transparent.

On December 21, Subramaniam was appointed by the Delhi cabinet to head the one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe the alleged financial irregularities and wrongdoings in DDCA. AAP has accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of misappropriating funds at the DDCA when he headed the cricket body for 13 long years.

In his letter to NSA Doval, Subramanium has not mentioned the number of officers he needs.

“Who and how many of them are appointed to the enquiry, a decision on it will be taken once I go through their details,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)