The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed the plea of former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to defend herself in a corruption case.

Justice Sunil Gaur allowed Ms. Dikshit’s plea that she be allowed to defend herself in the court in a graft case in which a trial court had directed registration of FIR against unknown persons in 2013 on a complaint of former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta citing a Lokayukta order that Ms. Dikshit had misused public funds for election campaigning.

The then Congress Government had challenged the trial court’s order in appeal before the High Court. However, after Arvind Kejriwal became the Chief Minister of Delhi, the AAP Government moved High Court seeking to withdraw the appeal. After this, Ms. Dikshit moved the High Court saying she be allowed to defend herself.

Justice Sunil Gaur allowed the petition filed by the AAP Government that the State should not pursue the appeal and at the same time permitted Ms. Dikshit to be impleaded as a party and be substituted as a petitioner in the main petition challenging the trial court order.

“I find that in the main petition seeking quashing of order dated August 8, 2013, and August 31, 2013, is sought. Vide order of August 8, 2013, a fresh report was sought from SHO concerned in the complaint case regarding steps taken in pursuance to the complaint made to the SHO concerned and vide order of August 31, 2013, a direction has been issued to register FIR on the complaint of June 6, 2013, against known and unknown persons,” the court said in its order.

“… application of Dikshit is allowed and she is substituted as petitioner in the main petition,” it added.

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