01 June 2011

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Lokayukta''s recommendation to sack Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan rejected by President Pratibha Patil

Lokayukta''s recommendation to sack Delhi PWD Minister
Raj Kumar Chauhan rejected by President Pratibha Patil

Ending months of uncertainty, President Pratibha Patil has rejected the city Lokayukta's recommendation to sack Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for his alleged involvement in protecting a leading resort in a tax evasion case

The Home Ministry today conveyed decision of the President through a letter to Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin who indicated his deep disappointment over rejection of his recommendation, saying such reverses are expected when moral values are sought to be enforced.

” The President has not accepted the findings and recommendations made by the Lokayukta against Chauhan," the Home Ministry said in the letter.Sarin had in February recommended to the President to "withdraw her pleasure" for the Minister to continue in office, holding him guilty of misconduct of "grave nature”.

Home Minister P Chidambaram, when asked about President's rejection of the Lokayukta's recommendation, said the procedure has been followed in dealing with the report by the anti-corruption watchdog.

” There is a procedure to deal with the report. That procedure has been followed," Chidambaram said. Justice Sarin's order had come in a case pertaining to Chauhan's alleged involvement in influencing a team of tax officials when they were carrying out a survey in the Tivoli Garden resort in South Delhi in February last year.

The Lokayukta order had said that "the Minister made a telephone call to the Commissioner of Trade of Taxes in the evening of February 20 last year when a team of tax officials were carrying search and survey at the premises of Tivoli Garden Resort to unearth huge evasion of taxes and concealment of income."

Earlier this month, Delhi government had sent a detailed report to the Union Home Ministry rejecting the Lokayukta's recommendation.

The Home Ministry had asked Delhi Government to file a report on Lokayukta's recommendation.

In his defense, Chauhan had said as public representative, he gets lots of calls from people requesting for favors and he only responded to such a call.

This case again proves that we need to bring Prime Minister and all the politicians under Lokpal.

Suggested Reading –
Lokayukta an Indian Tiger without teeth – Case of Tivoli Garden Resort hotel and
PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan

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Source - PTI


Renu June 02, 2011  

we hide the corrupts behind the facade of procedure.

Kirtivasan Ganesan June 02, 2011  

This is something new. Who is Lokayukta?

Kirtivasan Ganesan June 02, 2011  

I am a poor student, sm. I learnt Lokpal from your blogs and in the end I am asking Who is Lokayukta?

Need not dishearten. Keep doing the work Lokayukta, Delhi.

sm,  June 02, 2011  

Lokpal - Center
Lokayukata for State.
Currently both are powerless.

sm,  June 02, 2011