Complaint filed against Dikshit for misusing government funds

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) A complaint has been filed in a here court seeking registration of an FIR against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds in an advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls.

The complaint, filed over a week after the Delhi Lokayukta held that Dikshit had abused her official position and conducted an advertisement campaign for obtaining wrongful gains to win the elections.

RTI activist Vivek Garg’scomplaint before a special court seeks lodging of an FIR against Dikshit, some ministers, the directorate of advertisementa and publicity of the Delhi government and officials of its finance department.

It seeks registration of FIR under section 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and also under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case will come up for hearing on June 6.

In his complaint, Garg said that on May 22, the Delhi Lokayukta had indicted Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for carrying out an advertisement campaign with a political purpose ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls of Delhi.

Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had recommended to President Pranab Mukherjee to caution Dikshit for the alleged misuse of public funds and to advise her to reimburse either herself or through her party a sum of Rs 11 crore as half the cost of the advertisements in 2008 or any amount the President finds adequate.

The complaint said the inquiry conducted by the Lokayukta is itself a prime evidence of cognizable offence.

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