New Delhi: In an embarrassment to Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit, the city Lokayukta on Monday slammed her
for "misrepresenting" facts by announcing in the run up to
2008 assembly polls that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready and
recommended to the President to censure her.
Deprecating the conduct of Dikshit, the Lokayukta, in
his order, said people should "stand up against unethical
practices" and build up a strong public opinion to ensure that
public functionaries adhere to "high standards of integrity
Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin`s order came
following investigation into the complaint filed by advocate
Sunita Bhardwaj, a BJP worker.
Dikshit refused to comment on the order saying that
she has not studied it. She, however, maintained that
distribution of flats was a "complex process" and that the
government was not trying to "mislead" anybody.
The Lokayukta held that ahead of 2008 assembly polls,
Dikshit misrepresented to the public that 60,000 flats were
ready for handing over knowing well that the same were not
ready, in order to "obtain gain or favour to herself or her
"It is high time that people stand up against
unethical practices and build up a strong public opinion to
ensure that public functionaries adhere to high standards of
integrity and conduct.
"However, this change cannot come overnight and it
will take time. Therefore the least which ought to be done is
to tell the truth about the misconduct of a public functionary
and to publicly deprecate it," he said.