Dikshit issues legal notice to BJP chief
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 23:44
  
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today served a legal notice on city BJP chief Vijender Gupta, asking him to tender an "unconditional apology" within three days for alleging that she had ordered removal of hoardings put up by the party across the capital to "expose" the government on the ongoing power tariff issue.

In the notice, Dikshit also asked the BJP leader to withdraw all "false allegations and derogatory statements" made by him against her failing which he would face strict legal action.

Yesterday, Gupta had alleged that the hoardings put up by the party at 30 places, mainly at DTC bus stops, "to educate people about exploitation being committed by power distribution companies" were removed at the behest of the Chief Minister.

BJP said it had paid money to concerned agencies to put up the hoardings.

The BJP has been attacking Dikshit for stalling the planned announcement of the annual power tariff by power regulator DERC, apparently coming under pressure from the private distribution companies who have been demanding a hike in tariff.

The DERC, after receiving the Government order, had indicated that it was planning for a substantial cut in tariff as discoms were having healthy surpluses.

An official in the Chief Minister's office said that the Government did not give any order to remove the hoardings and the BJP-ruled MCD had removed them for violating the outdoor advertisement policy approved by the Supreme Court.

The official said the MCD had framed guidelines for putting up hoardings and those guidelines were approved by the Supreme Court.

Rejecting the allegations, a statement from Chief Minister’s office said, Dikshit is held in "high esteem by people of Delhi because of her untiring efforts to make Delhi a better place to live as well as setting high standards of integrity and moral conduct".

The statement said that the hoardings and advertisements issued at the behest of Gupta are in fact part of a "conspiracy to mislead people and besmirch the reputation of a popular Chief Minister who has returned to power successively three times."

Gupta has also been asked to disclose the names of his "co-conspirators" in this slanderous campaign.

Two basic reasons were given for issuance of the notice -- one the protection of high moral and ethical standards of public discourse and secondly to vindicate the honour and reputation which has been recklessly tarnished and maligned for serving selfish political interests?.

As per the legal notice, served by Diskshit’s advocate Mehmood Pracha, the allegations and actions of Gupta and other conspirators constitute a penal offence under the provisions of Indian Penal Code and are also actionable in Civil law as court.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 23:44


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