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'Sheila misused post for illegal construction'

The Opposition has demanded Shiela Dikshit's resignation for misusing her post for illegal constructions.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 01:04 IST

Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee of the MCD, Vijender Gupta, alleged on Tuesday that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had misused her post to hide certain unauthorised constructions carried out by her and her kin.

"In order to save the above unauthorised constructions, the Chief Minister, misusing her coveted post, moved a resolution in the Delhi Legislative Assembly on March 29, 2000 in which an amendment was proposed in the Preservation of Historical Monuments and Heritage Buildings Act so that unauthorised constructions can be regularised," Gupta said.

"This resolution was passed and sent to the Central Government for sanction and later to the President of India for his signature. The President refused to sign the illegal amendment and returned it. However, the amendment was moved in the Assembly again through the Education Minister of Delhi on December 16," he added.

Accusing the Chief Minister of "harming historical monuments and concealing heritage properties by forging documents and concealing important facts", Gupta demanded the immediate sacking of the Chief Minister in the interest of Delhi and the Nation as a whole.

"On one hand, Sheila Dikshit is getting demolished unauthorised constructions carried out by poor citizens. On the other hand, she herself has carried out unauthorised construction in her property at B 2 Nizamuddin East by flouting all provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act as well as the Preservation of Historical monuments and Heritage buildings Act.

"She got the building plan sanctioned by showing the mezzanine floor as first floor, so as to carry out unauthorised construction," Gupta said.

Gupta further alleged that Sandeep Dikshit had purchased a basement at 5 Jaipuria Estate, Nizamuddin East, which had been declared an unauthorised structure by the MCD in June last year.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 23:30 IST