Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Now FIR Against Delhi Chief Minister

1984 riots: US court issues summons to Sonia Gandhi for 'shielding' Congress leaders--Times of India 04.09.2013

A federal court in New York has issued summons to Congress president Sonia Gandhi for "shielding and protecting" the leaders of her party who were allegedly involved in the anti-Sikh riots in India in 1984.
The summons was issued by the US Eastern District Court of New York after a rights group, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), and two victims of the riots filed a complaint before it.
Reacting to the development, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in New Delhi that they were not aware of any of these facts.
"Summons issued almost 30 years after the event when the Congress president is on a medical visit is, to put it mildly, astonishing. Undoubtedly, appropriate legal action will be taken," Singhvi said.

According to US laws, the summons needs to be personally served to Gandhi, who is currently in the US for medical treatment, before it can have any legal implications.
In the past the SFJ had led similar unsuccessful efforts against several Indian leaders, including Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and Union Minister Kamal Nath.

In the September 3 class-action lawsuit filed in Eastern District Court of New York, SFJ and the two victims sought compensatory and punitive damages against Gandhi for her alleged role in "shielding and protecting" Congress leaders from being prosecuted for their "crimes against humanity."

Court orders FIR against Sheila Dikshit-
Times of India 01.09.2013
NEW DELHI: A trial court on Saturday ordered registration of an FIR against chief minister Sheila Dikshit and others for allegedly misusing government funds for an advertisement campaign before the 2008 assembly polls.

Special judge Narottam Kaushal pronounced the order in an open court on separate complaints filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta and RTI activist Vivek Garg against Dikshit. Both of them have alleged that Dikshit had misused government funds worth Rs 22.56 crore. They sought registration of the FIR for alleged criminal breach of trust (Section 409 IPC), criminal misappropriation of public funds and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The complainants had said the two status reports filed by Delhi Police on their complaints have wrongly concluded that no offence is made out against Dikshit. The complaint said that in 2007-08, Dikshit was the chief minister of Delhi and also minister in charge of information and publicity when the alleged misuse took place. Many such advertisements "burdened the state exchequer in carrying out campaign of Congress party for her own political gains", it said.

The BJP leader said he had filed a complaint before Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin who had on May 22 indicted Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for carrying out an advertisement campaign with a 'political purpose' ahead of the last assembly polls. The Lokayukta has sent the recommendation to the President.

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