New Delhi, Jun 30: Indian Air Force (IAF) approached Delhi High Court to recover the dues from former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, amounting to around Rs 54 lakhs, reports a news agency. Deve Gowda allegedly used the amout for the use of official aircraft for non-official purposes.
IAF had been trying to recover the due from Gowda since 1996-97, after he was alleged using the official aircrafts of IAF for the non-official purposes.
IAF also mentioned in a Right To Information (RTI) Act that former Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers including Chandrasekhar, PV Narasimha Rao, HD Deve Gowda and VC Shukla also had used official planes for personel purposes. IAF said that it has to recover dues of around Rs 5.91 crore from Chandrashekhar, Rs 54.61 lakh from Deva Gowda and Rs 4.60 lakh from former Union Minister VC Shukla. It had said that the amount was due from their political parties.
IAF said that the case against Deve gowda is pending in the Court of Registrar, High Court of Delhi. The case is at an admission stage and the date for the next hearing is Jul 1, 2010. IAF also said that Defence Ministry has resorted to several legal and administrative measures to recover the dues from ministers, which includes filing of civil suits.
The case against Chandrashekhar was dismised on Jan 24, 2008 as he passed away. The case against him was filed in Delhi High Court.