Govt refutes graft charge

 Delhi government on Saturday rejected allegations of corruption in granting a contract to a private firm for carrying out fitness test of commercial vehicles.

It said “no undue favour was extended" to any firm.

A court on Friday asked police about the action they had taken on a complaint against chief minister Sheila Dikshit and transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely for alleged corruption in issuing fitness certificates to commercial vehicles.

"No undue favour was done to M/S ESP by transport department. The contract was awarded to the firm with the approval of council of ministers after following a set procedure,” said principal secretary transport R Chandramohan.

The decision was neither taken by chief minister nor by the then transport minister, Chandramohan added. Metropolitan magistrate Neeraj Gaur asked anti-corruption branch to file an action-taken-report by July 4 detailing the steps it has taken on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg.

Garg alleged that "due to corrupt and malafide intentions of the said ministers (Dikshit and Lovely), officer (R K Verma) and companyno tender bid was called.

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