High drama during Hassan CMC meet

Dramatic scenes were witnessed at Hassan City Municipal Corporation (CMC), with JD(S) corporators and CMC officials staging a protest against each other, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, MLA H S Prakash, in a press meet alleged that CMC officials were involved in forging bills. Hearing of a complaint regarding the disqualification of CMC president, Srividya was also held during the day.

On March 2 at around 9 pm, there was a pandemonium at CMC. JD(S) corporator Anil Kumar and others, who noticed that several employees were still working at CMC, barged into the office. Junior engineer Praveen Kumar and few other employees were found at the office. Corporators who objected to the same, filed a complaint with the police and shut the office down.

This had resulted in a heated exchange of words between officials and corporators, resulting in two protests.

On Tuesday, officials and members of Karnataka Rajya Pouraseva Naukarara Sangha staged a protest in front of DC office. They alleged that Anil Kumar had abused the official, as he was chalking out plans to tackle drinking water crisis of the city. Anil, who demanded the official to furnish some documents at night, had also levelled baseless allegations that the officials were forging bills, the protesters said.

The demonstration was soon followed by a protest from JD(S) members, who demanded that the junior engineer, Praveen be suspended from service and a probe be instituted against him. They alleged that the official, who was serving the CMC from the past fifteen years, had several complaints against him. “On Monday, he was found forging bills, by Anil. When questioned about the same, the official started abusing him and also threatened to murder him,” the protesters said.

MLA seeks probe

Meanwhile MLA H S Prakash has sought a probe against the official. He said that the issue of misappropriations at the CMC was raised in the Legislative Assembly, and the Home Minister had assured to order a probe regarding the same.

The judegment regarding the disqualification of Srividya, as president of CMC was deferred to a later date, during a hearing at Deputy Commissioners office.
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