In an embarrassment to Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit,Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin on Tuesday ruled that granting of provisional certificate for regularisation of unauthorised colonies in 2008 by her was done to gain political mileage in the elections.
In a judgement on the last day of his office,Sarin issued the order on a complaint filed by the Delhi BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan against Dikshit alleging she issued provisional regularisation certificates with an intention to lure voters,officials said.
“On the question of provisional certificates being issued prior to the election,we have noticed that the conditions of the Supreme Court order have not been complied with.
“So we have requested the President that in such cases,the person concerned should be advised to shun these so-called pre-election sops,” Sarin told reporters.
In his complaint,Harsh Vardhan had said it was a misconduct on part of the Chief Minister and regularisation was wrong and also in contravention to a 2006 Supreme Court ruling that ahead of regularisation of any unauthorised colony,they should provide basic amenities,said Vardhan’s lawyer Sunita Bhardwaj.
The petition also said that colonies or parts of colonies falling in notified or reserved forest areas cannot be regularised.
Delhi government had issued provisional regularisation certificates to over 1,218 unauthorised colonies before the 2008 assembly polls and had announced regularisation of 1,639 colonies just before the polls now.
These unauthorised colonies in which around 40 lakh people reside do not have basic amenities.
In 2010,a complaint was filed before the Lokayukta’s court and notices were issued to Dikshit and the Delhi government.
Justice Sarin,on his last day,also passed two other orders including one which recommended recusal by persons holding an office while taking any decision in matters where their family members were involved.
In May,Justice Sarin had recommended President Pranab
Mukherjee to caution Dikshit on the alleged misuse of public
funds for carrying out an advertisement campaign with a
“political” purpose ahead of Assembly polls in 2008 on a
complaint of opposition BJP.
He also recommended to the President to advise Dikshit to reimburse either herself or through her party a sum of Rs 11 crore as half the cost of the advertisements in 2008 or any amount the President finds adequate.
Last year,the Delhi Lokayukta had asked Dikshit and the then PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan to remove their photographs on a form to offer loan to youths for SC,ST,OBC and minority communities.
The order came in response to a complaint filed by Vardhan who objected to publication of the photographs on the loan form,saying it was aimed at getting “undue political gain” from the intended beneficiaries.