New Delhi: A Law teacher in Delhi University, Dr Rajni Abbi who was recently elected as Delhi Mayor has embroiled herself in legal complications. From August 1, 2008 to July 5, 2010, she was on a study pay leave from the university. After winning the Mayoral elections, she again applied for leave at DU office on April 21, the application is still pending with the varsity office. Interestingly, despite being on leave for two years in a period of last four years, she has drawn the salary from the university.

Prior to her election as Mayor, Abbi became the Councillor from Mukherjee Nagar ward in 2007. Under the RTI, the information provided by DU administration revealed that in the four years of her holding office, the councilor has taken nearly two years of leave. After taking the charge of Mayor, she has applied for leave from DU. The information given by the university has indicated that in the past four years, she has not only enjoyed the municipal facilities but also drawn a hefty salary from DU.

Abbi who was elected as a councilor from the Mukherjee Nagar ward in April 2007, had applied for a study leave from DU. Following the request, she was granted a paid study leave till July 5, 2010. From January 2011, she has received Rs 96, 635 per month from the university as her salary. Replying to the RTI, the finance department of the DU has said that she is a Professor of Reader scale.

During the Mayoral elections last month, the opposition had questioned the candidature of Abbi by claiming that as she is a faculty of Law in DU and is also drawing salary from the university, therefore she did not deserve the post of Councilor or Mayor. After several rounds of heated debate, the issue was raised in the High Court.

Delhi resident Shabhu Dayal Sharma has filed 25 RTIs in DU to seek information about questions like the time since Abbi had been teaching, whether she had taken leave for Councillor elections and details of Abbi’s salary. 

A copy of the reply made by DU to the RTI is available with Dainik Jagran, in which the university has confirmed that she was enjoying the facilities of Municipal Corporation and was drawing her salary from DU.

Dr Abbi has admitted that she had been shouldering both the responsibilities and finds nothing wrong in it. Abbi maintained that as the matter is sub judice, it would not be right for her to comment on the issue.

MCD Chief Law Officer has said that in such circumstances, the candidature of a public representative in the urban body can be cancelled under Section 9 (G) and Section 500