Lokayukta issue: Dikshit exploring legal options

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is exploring legal options including appealing in a court and filing a representation to the President against a Lokayukta order.

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
is exploring legal options including appealing in a court and
filing a representation to the President against a Lokayukta
order which slammed her for "misrepresenting" facts about
construction of low cost flats in the run up to 2008 assembly
polls.

"All legal options are being explored including
challenging the order and making a representation to President
Pratibha Patil," Dikshit`s lawyer Mehmud Prasha said.

Claiming that there were contradictions in the
Lokayukta order, he said a final decision on the issue will be
taken after thorough examination of the order.

In an embarrassment to Dikshit, the Lokayukta today
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.

When sought her reaction, Dikshit refused to comment
saying she has not seen the order. But added that the
"government never tried to misled people" on the issue.

"Distribution of flats among the slum dwellers is not
an easy task. Lakhs of people want flats. The process is
continuing. We are trying to make policies perfect," she said.

The Lokayukta order said although 60,000 flats were
not ready, Dikshit, in her message published in a booklet
ahead of the assembly polls in 2008, said the flats were ready
for distribution.

Explaining difficulties in removal of slums, Dikshit
said although the government wants to clean up the flats and
construct new houses for the slum-dwellers, the process is not
easy.

PTI

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