Staff Reporter

First it was untraceable and now suddenly it has been traced

NEW DELHI: The issue of the file relating to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's property is being hotly debated in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi as well as in political circles. First it was said that the file of Ms. Dikshit's house at Nizamuddin East was untraceable and suddenly after a few days the file was traced, raising many eyebrows.

On December 17, Bharatiya Janata Party councillor Vijender Gupta accused Ms. Dikshit of carrying out unauthorised constructions in her property. The issue generated a lot of heat in the civic body's Standing Committee meeting the very next day where Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam was asked to file a status report on the Chief Minister's property in the MCD House on December 19. However, Mr. Nigam failed to present the report stating that it would take some time. Interestingly, on January 20, the Central Zone informed the Commissioner's office that the file was untraceable and could have been destroyed in a fire in 1993 that broke out at the Deputy Commissioner's office.

But the event took another interesting turn on January 24, four days after the first letter was written, when the Central zone office once again informed officials concerned that the file has been traced to an old record dumped in the office.

"All these events clearly state that the MCD officials are shielding the Chief Minister. I have been saying this from the beginning and now this has been proved. We cannot hope fair evaluation of the Chief Minister's case from the Congress-run civic body," alleged Mr. Gupta.