Special Correspondent

Ex-MCD standing panel chief had alleged misuse of public funds by her

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin has directed Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to submit verbal and written evidence along with a list of witnesses if any so that former Municipal Corporation of Delhi Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta who has filed a complaint against her alleging misuse of public funds during the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections for gaining political mileage is able to cross-examine her.

Three complaints

The Lokayukta, who had earlier turned down the Chief Minister’s petition requesting that the case be rejected, passed the order under Section 10 of the Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act, 1995, while setting out the procedural aspects.

The Chief Minister told The Hindu on Friday that there were three complaints – all by BJP leaders – in the case and her lawyers were presenting the case. She reiterated that no advertisements were placed or hoardings erected with government money after the notification of the Delhi Assembly elections as alleged by Mr. Gupta.

Meanwhile, the complainant, who is also a BJP councillor, has also been asked to present his verbal and written evidence along with list of witnesses within 10 days. These would also be cross-examined by the defendants.

The next hearing of the case will be on January 29.

The Lokayukta has also directed the editor of a Hindi daily to present the original article by a former Director of Directorate of Publicity and Information of the Delhi Government around which the case is based. Besides, the correspondence related to this article has also been sought.

Mr. Gupta had charged that the Chief Minister had got hoardings worth crores of rupees put up across the Capital at the cost of the Government and also spent crores on outdoor advertisements for political propaganda.