HC seeks Lokayukta report on PIL against CM

The Delhi High Court sought the Lokayukta`s report which had recommended to the Prez to censure CM Sheila Dikshit for misrepresenting facts by announcing in the run-up to 2008 Assembly polls that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Lokayukta`s report which had recommended to the President to censure Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for misrepresenting facts by announcing in the run-up to 2008 Assembly polls that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru was hearing a plea against a government order which, it was alleged, instead of "cautioning" Dikshit, had diluted effect of Lokayukta`s report and had asked Delhi government officials to be "more careful" in future.

The court asked the counsel of Delhi Lokayukta to file the report, submitted by the anti-corruption watchdog earlier to the Lieutenant Governor, by September 18.

It also directed the city government to inform it by next hearing as to whether the Lokayukta`s report was tabled in assembly in accordance with law and if not, when was it going to be placed.

The court order came on advocate Sunita Bhardwaj`s plea seeking the setting aside of an order of the competent authority in Home Ministry which deals with Lokayuktas` reports.

The Lokayukta`s 2011 order came following investigation into the complaint filed by Bhardwaj.

Earlier, the bench had imposed a cost of Rs 5000 on Dikshit after her repeated failure to file an affidavit in the case.

Delhi Lokayukta had on July 18, 2011 submitted the report to the Lt Governor which was sent to the office of the President, the petition said.

Acting on the report, the competent authority decided that the Department of Urban development of Delhi government be advised to be more careful in preparing such publication in future.
Ahead of 2008 assembly polls here, Dikshit had stated that 60,000 low-cost houses for poor Delhi citizens were ready for allotment under the `Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojna`, when they were not even built, the petition said.

However, the reply received under RTI brought out that till September 25, 2008, even the process of land acquisition had not started, it said.

The petition further said the competent authority and Delhi government adopted a "peculiar and unconstitutional" method in dealing with the report of Lokayukta.

Besides the report, the city government also forwarded its own comments on the report to the office of the President and it was not permissible under the law, it said.

The Lokayukta had recommended to the President to take appropriate action against the Chief Minister but the President had virtually rejected the report and asked the concerned department of Delhi government to be careful on such issues, he said.

PTI

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