The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government targeted former chief minister Sheila Dikshit directly on Monday, writing to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking “strict action” against her for alleged irregularities in the regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi.
The President had sought the comments of the Delhi government on the report of former lokayukta Manmohan Sarin, which had accused Dikshit of granting provisional regularisation certificates to gain political mileage before the 2008 assembly elections.
In November 2013, Sarin had requested the President that in such cases, the person concerned should be advised to “shun these so-called pre-election sops”.
Delhi Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday: “We have presented our view that strict action be taken against the guilty in the provisional certificates matter. Things like these should not be done for political mileage before elections. This is misuse of position.”
Justice Sarin issued the order — his last before retirement — on a complaint filed by the BJP’s Harsh Vardhan against Dikshit in 2010. Vardhan alleged that Dikshit had misled the public and misused her position to issue clearances to the unauthorised colonies without first putting in place even basic infrastructure.
“As per procedure, the lokayukta’s recommendations are forwarded to the competent authority for action which in this case is the President. The President had sought the government’s view,” an official said.
Sisodia said, “Our comments were sought and we have simply concurred with the lokayukta’s orders and requested the President to take appropriate action under law against the guilty party.”
Sources said an FIR might be filed in the case in the coming days. They also said action may be initiated against the former chief minister over other lokayutka orders such as the misuse of public funds in government ads.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already announced that his government is studying files on the Commonwealth Games to probe alleged irregularities.
Dikshit refused to comment on this issue. Congress leader and union minister Manish Tewari said the AAP government should focus on fulfilling its election promises rather than diverting attention to other issues.
The minister said the Congress had extended support to the government to save the people from facing another election. “We do not remote control their administrative decisions,” he said.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.