A city court on Friday asked the police to apprise it of the action they had taken on a complaint against chief minister Sheila Dikshit and transport minister Arvinder Singh for alleged corruption in granting fitness certificates to commercial vehicles.
Metropolitan magistrate Neeraj Gaur asked the Anti- Corruption Branch (ACB) to file by July 4 an action-taken-report detailing the steps it had taken on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg. “Action-taken-report be called from Anti-Corruption Branch. Put up for consideration on July 4,” the court said.
Besides Dikshit and Singh, the complaint also named former transport commissioner RK Verma and M/s ESP India, which was granted contract for lane tests of commercial vehicles.
Garg, through his counsel Vivek Gupta, told the court that the Delhi government gave away the contract for lane testing to a private firm without inviting any tenders.
“Due to corrupt and malafide intentions of the said ministers (Dikshit and Singh), officer (RK Verma) and company (ESP India), no tender bid was called and the contract was given in contravention of the law,” Garg said in his complaint.
The complainant said that annually an I & C lane test was done of all commercial vehicles registered in Delhi. Vehicles that cleared the test were given fitness certificates. Earlier the whole process was done by the transport department, but now the lane test was done by the said private company for Rs 400 per vehicle.
“After the vehicle clears this test, the transport department issues a fitness certificate for which a separate fee of Rs 100 is charged from each commercial vehicle,” Garg added.
The complainant told the court that despite the transport department owing the premises used for the lane test, and the government paying for the machines and other infrastructure used in the test, the revenue generated by the private firm was not shared with the state.