HC stays notices issued to 8 BBMP joint commissioners

HC stays notices issued to 8 BBMP joint commissioners
The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday granted stay on the notices issued by the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) to eight joint commissioners of BBMP.

BMTF had issued notices asking the joint commissioners to appear before them for an enquiry into a complaint registered against them with regard to irregularities in awarding garbage contracts.

The petitioners — joint commissioners T H Vishwanath, south zone; P R Palangappa, west zone; S Nagaraju, Yelahanka zone; V N Veerabhadra Swamy, Bommanahalli; Thippeswamy M H, Rajarajeshwarinagar; R Venkatachalapathy, Dasarahalli; Vasanthi, Mahadevapura and K C Yatish Kumar, additional commissioner (east) — had moved the high court. They contended that based on a complaint registered by corporator N R Ramesh, BMTF had started investigations into the allegations without filing an FIR.

Ramesh had alleged that there was a steep increase in the budget allocation and expenditure for waste collection and waste disposal by the BBMP.

He said crores of rupees which had been sanctioned for the maintenance of seven solid waste management units were misappropriated. Ramesh complained that the Palike had not paid provident fund and had not provided ESI facilities to pourakarmikas and awarded garbage contracts to blacklisted contractors.

Based on the complaint, BMTF had taken action and issued notices to the petitioners to appear before them for questioning. The petitioners argued that BMTF does not have the jurisdiction to enquire into the issue. Hearing the petition, Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri ordered notice and adjourned the next hearing to July 4.

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