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AAP unsure about contesting in Puducherry Picture: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia address a press conference in New Delhi in Jan 6, 2016. [Representational Image]IANS

The office of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, in a written communication to the Delhi government, has informed that the committee it formed to investigate the alleged scam in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) is "unconstitutional and illegal".

SCL Das, Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, sent a notification to the Delhi chief secretary, informing that the Union Home Ministry has declared that the Delhi government does not have "jurisdiction or power to set up a Commission on Inquiry".

"Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has accordingly held that the notification ... issued by the Directorate of Vigilance, Government of NCT of Delhi is unconstitutional, illegal and therefore has no legal effect," the notification said.

In December last year, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government issued a notification about the formation of a panel to investigate the alleged financial irregularities in DDCA. It appointed solicitor general and top advocate Gopal Subramaniam as the head of the panel, according to an earlier PTI report.

The AAP government had alleged several financial irregularities in the Delhi cricket body during the 13-year tenure of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley had on 21 December filed a defamation suit against Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and five AAP leaders -- Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Deepak Bajpai and AAP's national spokesperson Raghav Chadha -- for making the allegations.

On Tuesday, the finance minister recorded his statement at the Patiala House Court and said Kejriwal and other five AAP leaders made "false" allegations against him and "defamed" him on social media, including Twitter and Facebook, according to PTI.

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