New Delhi : Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit has denied receiving any hint from the Centre to quit and said she was not aware of any move to transfer her out of Thiruvananthapuram Rajbhavan.

“No”, she said 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, on Wednesday met PM 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 said. Following the change of guard at the Centre and the new regime’s pressure, five Governors have already resigned.

Meanwhile, Dikshit also 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.

Dikshit is currently the Governor of Kerala and as per Article 361(2) of the Constitution “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”.

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.

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