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HC rejects plea for action against CM

Proper procedure was followed after submission of Lokayukta report: Bench

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: October 12, 2013 3:37:32 am

Observing that principles of natural justice were satisfied since proper procedure was followed after submission of the Lokayukta report against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking action against the CM.

The bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmad and Vibhu Bakhru dismissed the plea by advocate Sunita Bhardwaj who had sought directions to the government to follow recommendations made by Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin. The Lokayukta had recommended that a “caution notice” be issued to Dikshit for making a “false claim that 60,000 flats were ready for being handed over to the poor under the Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna”. Dikshit had made this statement in the run-up to the 2008 Assembly election.

The Lokyukta had sent his report to the President who observed that the Department of Urban Development,Delhi government,had not been careful while releasing the brochure. The Lokayukta had sent a special report to the Lieutenant Governor. The report was then tabled before the Delhi Assembly.

In her plea,advocate Bhardwaj said “… the decision of the President … was open to judicial review and ought to be quashed in as much as the President,being the competent authority,had not called for the response of the complainant or the views of the Lokayukta …”

But the High Court said proper procedure had been followed.

“No further action is contemplated under the Act by the Lokayukta or the competent authority. Once the matter is placed before the Legislative Assembly,it falls within the arena of the legislators,” the bench said.

Lokayukta seeks review of decision

New Delhi: Refusing to close the case against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan,the Delhi Lokayukta on Friday sought review of a decision by President Pranab Mukherjee to reject his recommendation to administer “caution” to them for publishing their photographs on a loan form last year. In a special report to the President,Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin pushed for administering “caution” and issuance of “advisory” to Dikshit and Chauhan,holding that they had taken the decision to print their photographs on the loan applications under the Dilli Swarojgar Yojna. Acting on the President’s views,the Centre had last month had issued an advisory to Delhi government’s Department of Welfare for SC/ST/OBC and Minority Community asking it to be “careful” while publicising policies. Ens

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