2013 Graft complaint: Delhi Lokayukta gives clean chit to Sheila Dikshit

The complainant, Ashok Kumar, had moved the Lokayukta, seeking an inquiry to ascertain the loss to the exchequer.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published: July 30, 2016 4:17 am
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The Delhi Lokayukta has given a clean chit to former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in a 2013 complaint that had accused her of granting “undue favours” to a firm in awarding contract for carrying out government advertisements. The Lokayukta order came on July 25, less than two weeks after the Congress named Dikshit as its CM face in Uttar Pradesh for the assembly elections due next year.

The complainant, Ashok Kumar, had moved the Lokayukta, seeking an inquiry to ascertain the loss to the exchequer. He had alleged the loss was Rs 73.28 lakh. He had also alleged that Dikshit, who also held the portfolio of Directorate of Information & Publicity (DIP) and Finance department, had favoured Ved Pahuja & Associates for publication and release of print and outdoor publicity for government departments during 2006-07 and 2007-08.

While discharging Dikshit, Lokayukta, Justice Reva Khetrapal, said, “… no useful purpose will be served by protracting the present proceedings, in which the complainant himself is not willing to come forward to press the allegations made by him…” Justice Khetrapal also observed, “… he has chosen not to file an affidavit by the way of evidence despite grant of about three years time to him for aforesaid purpose and, in which, in any event, the documents on record do not substantiate the case of the complainant.”

The complainant had alleged that “undue and and exceptional favours” had been given to Ved Pahuja & Associates by appointing them as consultants. During the proceedings, the Lokayukta had issued a showcause notice to Dikshit in February 2013.

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Representing Dikshit, Advocate Mehmood Pracha and Advocate R H A Sikander had argued she had “no role to play” with regard to the money issued, and the departments concerned incurred the expenditure for advertisements from their budgets. They said Dikshit’s “only limited role” was to “approve the design/display” of advertisements shortlisted by departments.

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    VP Joshi
    Jul 30, 2016 at 5:41 am
    In Europe in the middle ages the Church used to distribute clean chits as tickets to enter heaven!
    1. S
      Jul 30, 2016 at 2:25 am
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      1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
        Jul 30, 2016 at 2:32 am
        Unfortunately the Netas never gets punished for their crimes. This is India and she may get away with the Jal board scam also. Kejati will face the music since he is the next to get it in to his neck. He is new to this business and so he may not be lucky. Jai Hind.
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          Prakash Chand
          Jul 30, 2016 at 6:14 am
          It is not clean chit. Rather the complainant does want to pursue it. There may reasons for the same. It is all the more important to pursue the matter on two fronts i.e. 1. The allegations 2. Why the complainant doesn't want to pursue it.
          1. Sheik Mohamed
            Jul 30, 2016 at 5:10 am
            Slap on the face of those made baseless allegations about Mrs.Shiela "Aunty" who was instrumental is making Delhi as one of the best city in the world, besides made a tremendous development in infrastructure of the city during her fifteen year stint as CM of Delhi.
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