Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium today requested National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval to provide him five officers each from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police to assist him in the probe relating to irregularities in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Terming this “silly", officials in the MHA said the office of the NSA was not the right forum for states to ask for the “required assistance". Terming Subramanium as “partisan", the BJP said the move was for “cheap publicity and propaganda". Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said Subramanium had the powers and the right to seek officers from anywhere in connection with the probe.
Subramanium has also written to Kejriwal, requesting him to send names of five “outstanding" investigative officers from the Anti-Corruption Branch with their dossiers. He told the Delhi CM that he had written to Doval as the Union Government had “itself called upon the Delhi government" to get an investigation done into alleged irregularities in the DDCA.
From Doval also, Subramanium has sought dossiers of five “best officers of the IB, who should be of the level of joint director and below", five officers from the CBI and five officers of the Delhi Police. “I would leave it to your discretion to choose any officer(s) from any of other state cadre, you believe to be competent," he added.Contending that the NSA was not the “correct channel" to ask for officers, officials at the MHA said any communication from the Delhi Government to the Centre should “come through the Lieutenant Governor and should reach us in the ministry".
Claiming that it was erroneous to demand IB sleuths for the probe, an intelligence official said, “No official from any department will agree to work under a lawyer." Stepping up the attack on the AAP government, the BJP, meanwhile, asked Kejriwal to read the Constitution. His several decisions had been “unconstitutional", it said.Party secretary Srikant Sharma said, “It is not within the legal purview of the Delhi Government to probe the DDCA, which is registered as a society under the Company Act. Subramanium is doing such drama at the behest of Kejriwal."