Saturday, May 15, 2010

BJP leader demands criminal inquiry against Delhi CM

New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) BJP leader Vijender Gupta today demanded that a criminal case be registered against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged misuse of public funds during a year before the Assembly Elections.

The demand comes a day before Lokayukta, Justice Manmohan Sarin, hears arguments in the concerned case tomorrow.

An inquiry was ordered in October last year into allegations of the BJP leader that she spent public money for ''personal image-building'' ahead of 2008-09
Assembly Elections.

Mr Gupta informed mediapersons that in an answer to RTI filed against Information and Publicity Department, ''it has been discovered that almost Rs 30 crore were
blatantly spent on advertisements in the year leading up to Legislative Assembly Elections.''

He referred to a reply given by present Director of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ms Alka Diwan, regarding details of the expenditure done by the Delhi Government to set up hoardings during the period 2005-2006 and 2008-2009.

''According to the statement given by her, no hoardings were put up by the city government during 2005-2006. Only four were put up between the years 2006-2007. However, during the election year 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, around 2100 hoardings were erected,'' Mr Gupta said.

The former Standing Committee Chairman added that as per Ms Diwan's statement, ''no funds were spent on hoardings in 2005-2006. On the other hand, in the election
year 2008, Rs 11 crore were spent on hoardings as against Rs 61,475 in year 2006-2007.''

With these allegations, he demanded that a criminal case be registered against Ms Dikshit, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for alleged misuse of public funds, during a year before the Assembly Elections.

The BJP leader also showed an article published in a Hindi daily and written by the then Director of Information and Publicity Department Uday Sahay in which he had
explained the Ministry's plan to set up the advertisements.

Mr Gupta stated that as per Mr Sahay's article, ''required evidence has been gathered causing ascertainment of the fact that public funds have been abused and misused by the Chief Minister to lure voters as well as to fuel her political aspirations.''

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