New Delhi: Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin has once again sought action against 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.
Justice Sarin had earlier too - July 2011 - 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 and conduct."
The Lokayukta had initiated a probe against Dikshit in October 29 on a complaint filed by advocate Sunita Bhardwaj, a BJP worker.
However, Union Home Ministry’s reply to Lokayukta said that no action was taken as there was no evidence of any ‘mala fide’ intention on the CM`s part.
Urban development department has been advised to be ‘careful’, the letter to the Lokayukta said.
Dissatisfied with the reply, the Lokayukta has once again sought action against Dikshit on the grounds that the President was not properly advised at the first instance.
"In these circumstances it would appear that the President was not properly advised with regard to the factual position and the admitted position and role of the respondent (Dikshit) which led to advice of caution being given to the Urban Development Department instead of the respondent," Justice Sarin was quoted as saying by a news magazine.
Chief Minister Dikshit has 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 political party."