New Delhi: In an embarrassment to Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Delhi Lokayukta today issued a
notice to her for inquiry into allegations of irregularities
in issuing provisional regularisation certificates to over
1,200 unauthorised colonies just ahead of assembly polls in
the city in 2008.
The Lokayukta said it was issuing the notice after
finding a "prima facie case" for initiating an inquiry after
going through materials submitted by senior Delhi BJP leader
Vardhan had filed a petition in the Lokayukta alleging
that Dikshit had misled the public as well as misused her
power and position while issuing provisional regularisation
certificates to the unauthorised colonies in 2008.
"The present case, inter-alia, raises issue of
significance, pertaining to ethics in governance, adherence to
norms of integrity and conduct by `public functionaries` and
motive involved in discharge of their functions," Lokayukta
Justice Manmohan Sarin said.
He said after going through the materials produced by
the complaint and the respondent, questions like whether the
move was "actuated by improper motive or personal interest or
there was violation of the norms of integrity and conduct"
The Delhi Government had issued provisional
regularisation certificates to 1,218 unauthorised colonies
ahead of the assembly elections. The government has plans to
authorise 1,639 colonies.
Lokayukta said it needs to be examined "whether there
was any urgency to warrant issuance of provisional
regularisation certificates to all the unauthorised colonies,
out of which admittedly 143 could not be regularised at all."
In his complaint, Vardhan had said that without having
any basic infrastructure the colonies were provided
provisional regularisation certificates to gain electoral
He had alleged that the certificates were issued to some
unauthorised colonies that had come up in reserved forests and
areas and Ridge areas. The Lokayukta had also sought details
from the respondent as to why such a decision was taken.
Vardhan, in his petition, said colonies or parts of
colonies falling in notified or reserved forest areas cannot
The BJP leader had alleged the "so called urgency and
the need for grant of provisional regularisation certificates
was felt" by Dikshit only on the eve of elections which
demonstrated that the endeavour was to woo the voters and
there was no genuine concern for the residents of unauthorised