Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday challenged the Delhi Lokayukta's decision to indict her for the alleged misuse of public funds on advertisements ahead of the last Assembly elections, accusing the anti-graft ombudsman of over-stepping its jurisdiction.
The Delhi chief minister, who met president Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the issue, said the Lokayukta did not have the mandate to rule on the matter. Since the issue was related to poll-related expenditure, the Election Commission was the right forum for its discussion, Dikshit said.
"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?" she asked at the Indian Women's Press Corps.
Lokayukta Justice Manmohan had last week indicted Dikshit for allegedly misusing public funds on an advertisement campaign to get political mileage ahead of the Assembly polls and recommended recovery of R11 crore either from her or the Congress.
The controversy relates to the 'Delhi is Changing' advertisements in print and outdoor media in 2007-08. The Lokayukta's move came after a complaint by BJP leader Vijender Gupta in 2009.
Dikshit also rued that not much had changed since the December 16 gang rape and said the city's women were still scared of going to police stations to register their complaints. "Sensitivity of policing should be much, much more than what is right now. It is very difficult for women to go to police stations and register complaints because they are scared," Dikshit said.
She had criticised the police's role in the wake of the brutal rape of a 23-year-old para-medical student who later died.
On an outdoor publicity campaign launched last month to highlight her government's achievements ahead of this year's Assembly polls, Dikshit said there was "nothing wrong in publicising the government's schemes and projects. People benefit from such campaigns."
She said that she would approach people for votes for the Assembly polls "with confidence". "I think people will see our performance and decide," she said.
Dikshit said Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party had moved away from its pet issue. "They started with the issue of corruption. Then they forgot it and joined politics. People will judge them."