Will file FIR on vehicle fitness test case: ACB to court

Agency silent on complainant's query if report clearing Sheila Dikshit will be basis for FIR

The Anti-Corruption Branch on Monday told a Delhi court that it will "shortly register" an FIR on a complaint, which alleged that the contract for lane testing of commercial vehicles to grant them fitness certificates was given to ESP India by the city government without inviting any tender.

The complaint alleging corruption in grant of contract had been filed against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others.

"Senior public prosecutor (for Anti-Corruption Branch) has submitted that they (ACB) are going to register the FIR shortly and will file an investigation report (before the court on the next date of hearing)," Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal noted in her order.

"The SPP has submitted they shall be proceeding as per law. Let them do so," the court said in its order.

The agency, however, remained silent on complainant's query as to whether they would be filing the FIR "on basis of and in terms of" his complaint or on the basis of ACB's status report, in which they had given a clean chit to Dikshit and former Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

The matter pertains to a complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg against Dikshit and Lovely, alleging that the Delhi government gave the contract for lane test of commercial vehicles before grant of fitness certificates to ESP India without inviting any tender.

The complaint also names former Transport Commissioner R K Verma and ESP India.

On the last date of hearing, the ACB had submitted a status report in the court, in which it had said the contract for crucial fitness test of commercial vehicles was awarded to a private firm without any tender and with approval of the

Delhi Cabinet but "no irregularities" could be found on part of the Chief Minister.

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