The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government told a court here that the contract to conduct lane tests for commercial vehicles, before granting them fitness certificates, was awarded to a private firm without any tender with the approval of the Delhi Council of Ministers but “no irregularities” could be found on the part of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The report was submitted before Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal who put it up for consideration on December 3. The ACB said that terms of the contract gave “undue favour” to ESP India by the Transport Department. The report said that “no verbal or documentary evidence came on the file” regarding the allegations raised by the complainant, RTI activist Vivek Garg, against Ms. Dikshit and former Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and that the “approval was recommended only after obtaining the views of planning, finance and law department as per rule of businesses. However, no irregularities have been found on the part of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the then Transport Minister”.

“The work (of lane test of commercial vehicles) was awarded to M/s ESP India Ltd on nomination basis without calling any tender with the approval of the Council of Ministers of the Government of NCT of Delhi,” the report said, adding that, “wide publicity for calling of tenders was also not made which proves that the tender process/ norms have been violated and it is a matter of fact that investment for installation of system has been done by the transport department.”

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