The Delhi government will send its report to the union home ministry in a “day or two” on PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan’s alleged involvement in protecting a leading resort in a tax evasion case for which the Lokayukta had recommended his removal.
“We are preparing the report which will be sent to the home ministry in a day or two,” said a top official of the government.
The home ministry had last week asked the Delhi government to file a detailed report about his alleged involvement in protecting Tivoli Garden resort in a tax evasion case last year.
Sources said the report will comprise Chauhan’s explanation about the allegations and government will only “place the facts” available with it about the case. In his defence, Chauhan had said that as public representative, he gets lots of calls from people requesting for favours and he only responded to such a call.
The home ministry’s direction to the Delhi government came nearly two months after Lokayukta justice Manmohan Sarin, in an unprecedented order, had recommended to President Pratibha Patil to “withdraw her pleasure” for the minister to continue in office as he “misused” his official position and indicted him for misconduct of “grave nature”.
The communication from the home ministry, officials said, is part of the decision making process by the President which is expected to be completed by the end of May.