A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a probe into the Sheila Dikshit government’s reported plan to spend Rs 25 crore of public money for highlighting its achievements before the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi was filed before the Supreme Court on Friday.
The petition, filed by advocate ML Sharma, mentioned Sheila Dikshit as a respondent in person.
A bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra and Justice Madan B Lokur, however, refused to hear the petition on an urgent basis. It turned down Sharma’s request, saying the PIL would be heard in due course after the summer vacation.
Sharma in his plea alleged that neither the state legislature nor the Governor had given approval to the media campaign, which was in violation of laws and needed to be investigated by the CBI.
“The petitioner is challenging the impugned state action to spend R25 crore from public treasury for the political promotion and securing political mileage for their political executive under the garb of departmental programme and advertisements,” the petition said while quoting media reports.
He said the state government had no constitutional or legal right to misuse the public fund for its personal interest for political mileage, under the garb of information affairs.
“The state legislature had not passed any such bill to spend from the state’s exchequer for the impugned advertisement and media campaign under the garb of departmental publication till the date of filing of the present writ petition,” Sharma stated in its PIL.