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Allegations against Jaitley 'baseless': Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today came out in strong support of with its president terming all the allegations levelled by AAP against the Finance Minister as "baseless and far from truth" and asserting that the party stood unitedly with him and will not allow any "conspiracy" to defame him to succeed.

Rallying behind Jaitley, Shah also raised questions over the legality of the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kejriwal government to probe alleged irregularities in the cricket body, DDCA, during his tenure.

Hitting out at AAP, the president said if it thinks that it can damage Jaitley's image through its "malicious attempts", then it is "day-dreaming". Such efforts would prove to be counter-productive as they will damage AAP only, he said.

"All allegations levelled against Jaitley are baseless and far from truth. This is a conspiracy to defame Jaitley. stands united with him and will not allow any conspiracy to defame him succeed," Shah said in a statement.

Emphasising that Jaitley is an honest and committed leader, he said even opposiiton leaders also resist from levelling allegations against him.

"Jaitley's entire public life is like an open book and dedicated to the country and levelling such allegations against him are beyond any understanding as the SFIO had already ruled out his involvement in the day to day functioning of and District Cricket Association," he said.

Shah's statement comes against the backdrop of the fierce attack by AAP and its government against Jaitley, seeking his resignation over alleged financial irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year tenure as its head between 1999-2013.

Raising questions over the legality of the Commission and its jurisdiction, Shah wondered "how the DDCA functioning comes under the preview of this one-man Commission is a matter of legal debate".

He also termed as "diversionary tactics" AAP's decision to set up the Commission as well as calling a special session of the assembly in this regard.

The people of the country are aware of Jaitley's high standards and principles in public life and transparency, he added.

First Published: Mon, December 21 2015. 21:28 IST