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Sheila waves governor shield

New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit today requested Delhi High Court to quash a trial court’s order to register an FIR against her in a graft case, saying constitutional provisions don’t allow such proceedings against a serving governor.

Dikshit, who was in Delhi today and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh, said in reply to a question that she had not been asked to quit as Kerala governor. Several governors appointed by the UPA have resigned following a prod from the Modi government.

“I do not know what will happen in the next 10 days or 10 months,” Dikshit said, when asked if she was aware of plans to transfer her from Kerala. She described her meetings with Modi and Rajnath as courtesy calls and said they were “good”.

Advocate M. Pracha, who appeared for Dikshit in the high court, cited Article 361 (2), which says “no criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President, or the governor of a state, in any court during his term of office”.

The bench of Justice Sunil Gaur adjourned the matter to July 23 as the lawyer for the complainant, BJP leader Vijender Gupta, was not present.

Gupta had filed a complaint alleging that Dikshit’s administration had spent Rs 22.56 crore of public funds on an advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 Assembly elections.

Earlier, on August 31 last year, a special judge had ordered registration of the FIR against Dikshit and others for offences, including criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds.

The order had come on separate complaints filed by Gupta and an RTI activist, Vivek Garg. Both alleged that Dikshit misused government funds on the ad campaign.