New Delhi: Delhi Lokayukta on Wednesday indicted Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for carrying out an advertisement campaign with a ‘political purpose’ ahead of assembly elections in 2008.
Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin recommended to President Pranab Mukherjee to caution Dikshit for the alleged misuse of public funds.
He also recommended to the President to ‘advise’ Dikshit 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 Lokayukta had initiated an inquiry into the matter following a complaint filed by Vijender Gupta, former Delhi BJP President. In his complaint, Gupta had charged Dikshit with abusing her position as Chief Minister by carrying out an advertisement campaign with a view to gaining political mileage in the assembly election in 2008.
He had alleged the government machinery, particularly the Department of Information and Publicity, was instructed to make an elaborate plan to project the Chief Minister in a positive light to gain advantage during election and overcome the anti-incumbency factor.


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