Sheila gets a kick to Nagaland
Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit\'s defiance is likely to earn her a \'punishment\' posting! A report claimed on Wednesday that the NDA government is mulling to shift Dikshit from Kerala after she refused to step down as Governor.
After refusing to step down, she gets a punishment transfer
- No hint from Centre to quit, says former Delhi CM
- Governor can't be tried in criminal case, HC told
New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit's defiance is likely to earn her a 'punishment' posting! A report claimed on Wednesday that the NDA government is mulling to shift Dikshit from Kerala after she refused to step down as Governor.
As per sources, Dikshit – three-time Delhi chief minister – was asked by the Home Secretary to quit as Governor after Narendra Modi government took over from the UPA, to make way for an NDA-appointee.
Dikshit has so far remained defiant, refusing to quit within months of her being appointed as Kerala Governor in March earlier this year. The government, in response, is considering to shift her out of Kerala to a smaller state, most likely in the Northeast.
The report claimed that Nagaland could be Dikshit's new home as Governor.
This is because Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman, who was transferred to Nagaland last week, is reportedly not happy with the new assignment and may resign.
Meanwhile, Sheila Dikshit denied receiving any hint from the Centre to quit and said shewas not aware of any move to transfer her out of Thiruvananthapuram Rajbhavan.
"No", she said here when asked whether she was sounded by anyone in the Central government to put in papers after the NDA government assumed power last month.
Dikshit, a former Chief Minister of Delhi, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and described them as "courtesy call" and "good meetings".
Asked whether she was aware of any move by the Centre to transfer her from Kerala to a state in Northeast, Dikshit said she did not know what would happen in future.
"I do not know what will happen in next 10 days or 10 months," she told reporters after meeting the Home Minister. Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought quashing of the trial court order to lodge FIR against her in a graft case, contending in the Delhi High Court that such proceedings cannot be continued against a Governor. Advocate M Pracha, appearing for Dikshit, said as per Article 361(2) of the Constitution there is a bar on criminal proceedings against a Governor.
A bench of Justice Sunil Gaur, however, adjourned the matter to July 23 as the advocate for the complainant, BJP leader Vijender Gupta, was not present owing to some illness. Gupta had filed a complaint alleging that Dikshit's administration misused public funds to the tune of Rs 22.56 crore in an advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly polls and the trial court had ordered lodging of an FIR against her.
Thereafter, the then Delhi government had moved the High Court against the trial court order which was stayed. AAP government had said Dikshit will have to defend herself as she is no more the CM and the government lacked the "locus standi" to fight for her.