New Delhi: A magisterial court on Friday asked the police to apprise it of the action taken by it on a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely for alleged corruption in grant of fitness certificate to commercial vehicles.

Metropolitan Magistrate Neeraj Gaur asked the Anti- Corruption Branch to file an action taken-report by July 4, detailing the steps it has taken on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg.

"Action-taken-report be called from PS anti-corruption. Put up for consideration on July 4," the court said.

Besides Dikshit and Lovely, the complaint also named former Transport Commissioner R K Verma and a company which was granted contract for lane tests of commercial vehicles, M/s ESP India.

Garg, through his counsel Vivek Gupta, told the court that the Delhi government gave away the contract for lane test of commercial vehicles for fitness certificate to a private firm without inviting any tender.

"Due to corrupt and malafide intentions of the said ministers (Dikshit and Lovely), officer (R K Verma) and company (ESP India), no tender bid was called and the contract was given in contravention of the law," Garg said in his complaint.

The complainant said, "I&C lane test is annually done of all commercial vehicles registered in Delhi. Vehicles which clear this test are given fitness certificates. Earlier the whole process was being done by the Transport Department but now the lane test is done by the said private company for Rs 400 per vehicle, which is not shared with the government.

"After the vehicle clears this test, Transport Department issues a fitness certificate for which a separate fees of Rs 100 is charged from each commercial vehicle."

The complainant told the court that despite the premises being used for the lane test by the company belonging to the Transport Department and the entire payment for machines and other infrastructure being made by the government, the revenue generated by the private firm is not shared with the state.

Complainant Vivek Garg also sought court's direction to lodge an FIR against Dikshit, Lovely, Verma and the owner of M/s ESP India under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including, section 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and criminal conspiracy.

In his complaint, he also said they should be charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He has added that the private company (ESP India) "is not having even adequate and qualified engineers, which is keeping the lives of innocent citizen at the high risk. The same is also causing for massive accidents resulting in large number of casualties, injuries, etc."

The RTI activist also claimed, "Crimes of cheating, fraud, embezzlement, criminal breach of trust etc have been committed in awarding the contract to the private company for I&C Centre at VIU-Burari, Delhi which is worth over Rs 100 crores and is an ongoing scam.

"Crores of rupees of public fund have been siphoned off into the pockets of the ministers, officers and owners of the company. What is even more shameful is that lots of public money reserved for development of the underprivileged in India has been usurped by the greedy ones."

(Agencies)

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