BJP stages protest demanding removal of PWD minister
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 21:30
New Delhi: The BJP on Friday staged a protest demanding immmediate compliance of city Lokayukta's recommendation for removal of PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan from Delhi Cabinet for trying to protect a leading resort in a tax evasion case.

"The Minister must be removed from the Delhi Cabinet as the Lokayukta has recommended his sacking. It seems Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is in search of excuses to save him", senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said addressing the gathering.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had on Thursday recommended sacking of Chauhan from Delhi Cabinet for trying to protect a leading resort in a tax evasion case.

In the order, Sarin recommended to the President of India to "withdraw her pleasure" for the Minister to continue in office as he "misused" his official position.

Justice Sarin's order had come in a case pertaining to Chauhan's alleged involvement in influencing a team of tax officials when they were carrying out a survey at the premises of the resort in South Delhi in February last year.

Terming the order as "unprecedented", Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said "perhaps this is for the first time a Minister has been found guilty of obstructing Government work."

He also slammed the Delhi police for yesterday's lathicharge on BJP workers during a protest march against alleged corruption in Delhi Government. The issue was also raised by Naidu in the Rajya Sabha.

"More than 100 of our workers were injured in the lathicharge", he said.


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 21:30

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