Government promises action against officials, politicians in fake bill scam

IT Minister S R Patil on Monday said the State government will not spare any politician or BBMP official involved in the fake bill scam in three constituencies of Gandhinagar, Malleswaram and Rajarajeshwarinagar.

Responding to the members cutting across party lines regarding the substandard BBMP works and fake bill scam in the three constituencies, Patil said the government will look into the matter.

“Every officer and politician irrespective of political party will be brought to book if found guilty,” he added.

Replying to a call attention tabled by Tara Anuradha (nominated) regarding floods witnessed due to rainfall on May 31, Janata Dal (S) Member M C Nanaiah brought to the notice of government regarding the fake bill scam and said the scam in three constituencies is to the tune of Rs 1,539 crore and there will be much more if there is an investigation into it.

“By changing BBMP commissioner, the administration will not improve,” he said and demanded a reply from the chief minister.

Nanaiah questioned Leader of Opposition D V Sadananda Gowda’s claim of BJP government having released over Rs 16,000 crore to the Palike and said all the money appeared to have been washed away in the drains.

Tara referring to May 31 rains and havoc it created in City, said low lying areas were inundated and people had to suffer a lot.

Urging the government to desilt drainages and revive tanks, she said the 109 mm rain which lashed the City on May 31 was the highest in recent years and caused much havoc. In his written reply, read out by Patil, Leader of the House, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah explained about steps taken by BBMP to gear up for the monsoon.

The scam

The fake billies was worth  Rs 1,539 crore, which was exposed by BBMP’s technical vigilance cell under commissioner on November 2,  2011.

Based on the report, the then BBMP commissioner Siddaiah had recommended a Lokayukta probe, which the State government turned down.

Later, Siddaiah handed over the matter to Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF). Even before BMTF could start its probe, Urban Development Department took away investigation from it and directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to inquire into it.

The CID has not shown any remarkable progress in the case.

Yet, the previous government never pursued the matter, raising many eyebrows. With the change in guard, all eyes are set on the government how it will follow up the case.

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