Advocate M Pracha, appearing for Dikshit, said as per Article 361(2) of the Constitution there is a bar on criminal proceedings against a Governor.

Dikshit is currently the Governor of Kerala and as per Article 361 (2) of the Constitution ‘no criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or the Governor of a State, in any court during his term of office’.

A bench of Justice Sunil Gaur, however, adjourned the matter to July 23 as the advocate for the complainant, BJP leader Vijender Gupta, was not present owing to some illness.

Gupta had filed a complaint alleging that Dikshit´s administration misused public funds to the tune of Rs 22.56 crore in an advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly polls and the trial court had ordered lodging of an FIR against her.

Thereafter, the then Delhi government had moved the High Court against the trial court order which was stayed.

The AAP government had said Dikshit will have to defend herself as she is no more the Chief Minister and the government lacked the "locus standi" to fight for her.

Arvind Kejriwal-led government had moved the High Court in February 2014seeking to take back the appeal filed by then Congress government headed by Dikshit.

Dikshit had then moved the High Court opposing the plea of Kejriwal-led government and had also sought her impleadment in the matter.

Thereafter, the High Court had said on February 26 that Dikshit will have to defend herself in the graft case.

A special judge had on August 31, last year, ordered registration of FIR against Dikshit and others for offences including criminal breach of trust (Section 409 IPC), criminal misappropriation of public funds and criminal misconduct under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The order had come on separate complaints filed by Gupta and RTI activist Vivek Garg against her.

Both of them had in their complaints alleged that Dikshit misused government funds in an advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly polls.


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