The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, seeking action against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly trying to gain political mileage by granting regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies in the Capital.
Turning the heat on the Congress, which provides outside support to the AAP, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's government asked for strict action against Dikshit as per the law.
The move against the Congress leader comes after the President sought the government's view on a Lokayukta report, which had ruled in November 2013 that granting of provisional certificate for regularisation of unauthorised colonies in 2008 by Dikshit was done to reap political benefits in the election season.
During the subsequent hearings, the Lokayukta also had observed that the conditions of a Supreme Court order have not been complied with during the issuance of the provisional certificates prior to the election and sent the report to the President.
A complaint regarding the matter was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Harsh Vardhan in 2010. Vardhan had alleged that Dikshit, who had been at the helm of Delhi from 1998-2013, had misused her power.
The Dikshit government had issued provisional regularisation certificates to over 1,218 unauthorised colonies before the 2008 assembly polls and had announced regularisation of 1,639 colonies just before the polls now. These unauthorised colonies in which around 40 lakh people reside do not have basic amenities.
Asked about the Kejriwal government's move, Union minister Manish Tewari said the Congress had extended its support to the AAP to save the people of Delhi from fresh polls. "We do not remote control their administrative decisions."