Less than two months after being elected as the South Delhi mayor, Savita Gupta has been charged with misuse of office.
The public grievance cell of the chief minister’s office, Delhi government, has received complaints that the mayor’s husband, Ashwani Gupta, and relatives are often found at the mayor’s office and allegedly influence her decision on office matters.
The cell has sent a notice to the commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the mayor has been asked to reply.
Ashok Ahuja, a resident of South Extension, filed a complaint on May 29 after he witnessed the mayor’s husband and other relatives meeting officials and allegedly dictating policy matters inside the mayor’s office located at the Civic Centre.
The family members have also been accused of ordering eatables at the expense of the corporation and using the office for personal use and gains.
“As a mayor, it is against decorum to allow family members to take decisions or to include them when meeting the officials. Every once in a while, family members can come to visit but they are in no way supposed to make decisions on the mayor’s behalf,” said a senior SDMC official.
According to corporation members, the mayor’s husband, Ashwani Gupta, has been calling the shots since day one.
The Delhi government has forwarded the letter to the South Delhi Corporation commissioner Manish Gupta for further action.
Savita Gupta is a third time councillor from Amar Colony and has earlier headed the garden’s committee of the erstwhile MCD.
The mayor has, however, denied any such charges and said that her husband is there just to help her.
“There’s no truth in it. It is all rubbish. My husband has nothing to do with policy making. This is nothing more than a vendetta against me,” said Savita Gupta.