Delhi Police aksed by the Delhi court to file status report on a complaint against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely for alleged corruption in grant of fitness certificate to commercial vehicles.
Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed the Anti-Corruption branch of Delhi Police to file its status report within six weeks detailing the steps it has taken on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg. Besides Dikshit and Lovely, the complaint also named former Transport Commissioner R K Verma and a company which was granted contract for lane tests of commercial vehicles, M/s ESP India.
Garg, through his counsel Vivek Gupta, told the court that the Delhi government gave away the contract for lane test of commercial vehicles for fitness certificate to a private firm without inviting any tender. “Due to corrupt and malafide intentions of the said ministers (Dikshit and Lovely), officer (R K Verma) and company (ESP India), no tender bid was called and the contract was given in contravention of the law,” Garg alleged in his complaint.
The complainant said, “I&C lane test is annually done of all commercial vehicles registered in Delhi. Vehicles which clear this test are given fitness certificates. Earlier the whole process was being done by the Transport Department but now the lane test is done by the said private company for Rs 400 per vehicle, which is not shared with the government. “After the vehicle clears this test, Transport Department issues a fitness certificate for which a separate fees of Rs 100 is charged from each commercial vehicle.”