ACB trap: MCC launches internal probe

Mayor B L Bhyrappa, on Saturday, said that an internal inquiry has been launched into the irregularities said to have been committed by Deena, a skill expert of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), who was caught red-handed by sleuths attached to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe, recently. 

Addressing media here Bhyrappa said, “Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner C G Betsurmath is conducting the inquiry. If found guilty (as ACB is also probing the case), action will be recommended against the officer. The MCC cannot take direct action, as the said worker is taken on contract basis through Keonics, a reputed organisation of the state government.”

Bhyrappa said that he had in fact directed Deena to clear the pending bills of Veena, the complainant in the case. However, she remained nonchalant and later brought disrepute to the MCC.

ADC innocent
Denying the report published in a section of the media, suspecting the involvement of the additional commissioner (ADC) of MCC in the case, Bhyrappa, supported by the leader of the opposition in the MCC J S Jagadish, said, “She (Deena) did so, only after the top official left the office. Deena, who was recruited on contract in the year 2010, was continued for six years, with yearly renewal. She was initially paid a consolidated pay of Rs 25,000 that was recently revised to Rs 27,000,” he said.

Revenue dept
Referring to another report that was published in a section of media, blaming an officer attached to the Revenue department, identified as Rangaswamy, who had not remitted the amount after collecting it, Bhyrappa said, “Such behaviour on the part of MCC personnel is bringing disrepute again.”

He appealed to the people to abide by law and remit taxes, and also bring it to the notice of either the commissioner or himself (Mayor), in case of complaints. He also urged the people to make use of speedy facilities available at the MCC, where plans are sanctioned and dispatched to applicants within 15 days, besides self-assessment (SAS) of property tax already in place.

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