New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee in connection with the Lokayukta indicting her for alleged misuse of public funds on an ad campaign even as she accused the ombudsman of going beyond his jurisdiction in the case.

The Chief Minister said the Lokayukta did not have jurisdiction to take up the matter as it dealt with campaign for assembly elections and that the Election Commission was the right forum to examine such an issue.

"Whatever the Lokayukta has done in the latest case is outside the laid down rules and regulations as well as tradition. It was a case of 2008. Why he has taken it up now," Dikshit said.

"If a political party or politician flouts any rule (in the run up to the election), then it comes under the domain of the Election Commission. Not under Lokayukta. The Election Commission should examine it," the Chief Minister said.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had last week indicted Dikshit for allegedly misusing public money for carrying out an advertisement campaign with a "political purpose" ahead of assembly elections in 2008. The Lokayukta recommended to President Pranab Mukherjee that he should tell Dikshit to reimburse 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.

Asked whether she will return Rs 11 crore as recommended by the Lokayukta, Dikshit chose not to reply. Dikshit said the President is yet to receive the Lokayukta recommendation. The Lokayukta had initiated the inquiry into the matter following a complaint filed in 2009 by former Delhi BJP unit chief Vijender Gupta.


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