HC reserves order on plea alleging Centre ‘diluted’ Lokayukta report against CM

The Lokayukta had recommended to the President that a “caution” note be issued to Dikshit for misrepresenting facts about the completion of 60,000 low-cost flats ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 1:36 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on a plea alleging that the Centre had “diluted” a report of the Lokayukta suggesting issuance of “caution” to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The plea alleged that the government officials have been asked to be “more careful” in future instead of the chief minister.

The plea filed by advocate Sunita Bhardwaj asked for a writ of mandamus to direct the competent authority to take appropriate action on the issue.

The Lokayukta had in 2011 recommended to the President that a “caution” note be issued to Dikshit for allegedly misrepresenting facts about the completion of 60,000 low-cost flats ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls.

According to the plea,Dikshit in a speech delivered in the run-up to the 2008 Delhi polls had stated that 60,000 low-cost houses were ready for allotment under the ‘Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojna’. These flats were not even built at the time the speech was delivered,the petitioner said.

The plea alleged that the competent authority had adopted a “peculiar and unconstitutional” method in dealing with the report of the Lokayukta.

Bhardwaj said though the Lokayukta had recommended that the President take appropriate action against the chief minister,the President had “virtually rejected” the report and asked the concerned department of Delhi government to be careful on such issues.

Delhi government counsel Zubeda Begumtold the court that a report on the Lokayukta’s recommendation had been tabled before the Assembly,in accordance with procedure.

Further,Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra also argued that the President,who was the “competent authority” to deal with the issue,had held that there were “no malafide attributable” to the statement made by Dikshit.

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