Delhi government has reportedly stood up in support of its public works department (PWD) minister Rajkumar Chauhan in the case where the Delhi Lokayukta recommended the President to sack him for allegedly trying to protect a south Delhi-based resort in a evasion case in February 2010.
Sources said the government has sent a detailed report sought by the union home ministry protecting the minister in the case. The home ministry had asked the Delhi government to send a report on Chauhan nearly two months after Lokayukta Manmohan Sareen had recommended to President Pratibha Patil to “withdraw her pleasure” for the minister to continue in office as he “misused” his official position.
Sources said the government framed its reply on the basis of Chauhan's response that public representatives do make such calls to officials but he never tried to pressurise the tax department.
Chauhan's fate now hands in balance as the final call will now be taken by the President. The communication from the home ministry is said to be a part of the decision-making process by the President which is expected to be completed by May end.