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Show the door to Chauhan: BJP tells Dikshit

delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2011 21:27 IST
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BJP on Tuesday stepped up pressure on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit demanding removal of PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan following Lokayukta's recommendation to sack him and said it was also exploring legal option if he is not "shown the door".

The party disrupted proceedings during Lt Governor's customary address at the assembly and even trouped to the well demanding Chauhan's removal.

"We will not relent till Chauhan is removed. It is a question of constitutional propriety and the Chief Minister should have sacked him on the day Lokayukta had issued the order," senior BJP leader V K Malhotra told reporters later.

The leader of the Opposition said BJP has already issued a notice for censure motion against the minister and at the same time was exploring legal option on the issue.

"We are exploring legal option. It is an unprecedented order and he has no right to continue in his position. We will decide about future course of action in a meeting tomorrow," said Malhotra.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had last month recommended sacking Chauhan from the Cabinet for trying to protect a leading resort in a tax evasion case, holding him guilty of "misconduct" of "grave nature".

In the order, the Lokayukta recommended to the President of India to "withdraw her pleasure" for the Minister to continue in office as he "misused" his official position.

When asked to comment on the issue, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the matter is being examined by President Pratibha Patil and said everybody should wait for her decision.

"I have noting to say on the issue. It is being examined by the President and we should wait for her decision. It is unfortunate that the assembly is not being allowed to function the way it should have been, " Dikshit said.

Justice Sarin's order came in a case pertaining to Chauhan's alleged involvement in influencing a team of tax officials when they were carrying out a survey at the premises of the resort in South Delhi in February last year.