BJP MLA and standing panel chief involved in graft: NCP

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The BJP gave the reason that the decision was taken to bring financial discipline in the civic body. But Leader of Opposition Yogesh Behl alleged that the BJP created a new source of corruption

Pimpri: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has accused a ruling BJP MLA and the Standing Committee chairperson of involvement in corruption. The NCP accused MLA Laxman Jagtap, PCMC Standing Committee Chairperson Seema Savale and BJP city unit general secretary Sarang Kamtekar of demanding three per cent commission from contractors for sanctioning their bills.

The NCP alleged that bills amounting to over Rs 160 crore have been withheld by the accounts department after the BJP came to power in the PCMC.

Last month, a citizen, Pramod Sathe, had lodged a complaint on the grievance portal of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), accusing the chief accountant of demanding three per cent commission for sanctioning bills. After the BJP came to power, the Standing Committee asked the accounts department to withhold payments of the contractors, who had submitted their bills after March 31.

The BJP gave the reason that the decision was taken to bring financial discipline in the civic body. But Leader of Opposition Yogesh Behl alleged that the BJP created a new source of corruption. Chief accounts officer Rajesh Lande purposely withheld payments of the contractors. They were forced to plead before the new standing committee chairperson and other office-bearers of the BJP.

The complaint highlighted the allegations made by the NCP. NCP city unit chief Sanjog Waghere said, “The BJP came to power promising transparency. However, immediately after taking charge, they indulged in corruption. Withholding payments of a contractor is a corrupt practice.”

He said that an alert citizen lodged the complaint on the grievance portal. The PMO has forwarded the complaint to the PCMC. Though the civic administration disclosed the name of the civic officer, it hid the names of the BJP MLA, the Standing Committee chairperson and the BJP office-bearer mentioned in
the complaint.

After the complaint was made public, Seema Savale directed the civic administration to lodge a complaint against Sathe if he failed to submit evidence supporting his claim.

Waghere, however, said, “Savale’s behaviour amounts to threatening the complainant. Instead, the three involved persons should have been booked on corruption charges. It is the responsibility of the civic administration to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter.”

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