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Delhi govt misusing public funds, Lokayukta tells President

Updated: May 6, 2013, 9:59 PM IST
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Delhi govt misusing public funds, Lokayukta tells President
The Delhi Lokayukta also recommended to the President to issue an 'advisory' asking the CM and the minister to desist from publishing their photos on certain loan forms.

New Delhi: The Delhi Lokayukta on Monday wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee alleging that the Delhi government was misusing public funds. The Lokayukta named Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Public Works Department Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in his letter to Pranab.

The Lokayukta also recommended to President to issue an "advisory" to the Chief
Minister and the PWD Minister asking them to desist from publication of their photographs on a form offering loan at low rates to entrepreneurs from SC, ST, OBC and minority communities.

The order by Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin came in response to a complaint filed in 2012 by BJP leader Harsh Vardhan who objected to publication of the photographs on the loan form, saying it was aimed at getting "undue political gain" from intended beneficiaries.

"Issue an 'advisory' to the Chief Minister of Delhi and the concerned Minister to desist from printing their photographs on the loan application forms under the Dilli Swarojgar Yojna," Justice Sarin said in the order. Seeking blocking of photographs of Dikshit and Chauhan on the forms, the Lokayukta recommended to Pranab that a direction be issued to the city government to frame appropriate guidelines for issuance of advertisements, hoardings etc featuring photographs of public functionaries.

With additional information from PTI

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