Court notice to top cop, BJP leader on Sheila FIR

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 04, 2013 01:50 IST

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked senior BJP leader Vijender Gupta as well as the c commissioner to respond to the state government’s petition against last week’s order to lodge an FIR against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged misuse of government funds in 2008.

Issuing notices to Gupta and the police chief, Justice Sunil Gaur sought their response by September 19.

On the petitioner’s plea for grant of stay on the trial court order, Justice Gaur said he would pass a detailed order later.

Appearing for the state government, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Siddharth Luthra contended that Gupta, while filing the complaint against Dikshit and while seeking registration of FIR, had relied only on Lokayukta reports. Otherwise there is no material against her or her officers directly.

“The complaint is politically motivated and frivolous one. There is no direct material except Lokayukta report against the chief minister and other officers,” the senior law officer of the government argued.

Asking the court to quash the order, the counsel said “can you allow the officers of the state to be harassed in this manner? The State has come here because the officers have been effected.”

Opposing the plea, Gupta’s counsel Sanjay Jain questioned the locus standi of the government.

He said: “The chief minister is not here. How is the state affected by the trial court’s order? The state should be impartial. Preventing police from probing the fact is not desirable in the interests of justice.”

 

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