After the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) suspended 17 officials on Saturday owing to allegations of corruption and unethical behaviour, the vigilance department of the council said action against the erring officials will be taken only after charges are ascertained.
“An NGO sent us CDs with audio visual recordings showing our officials accepting bribes. All the officials are from Roads Division, one and two,” NDMC Director, Vigilance, Kulanand Joshi said.
NDMC is yet to issue showcause notices to the 17 employees. Joshi said the Vigilance department is looking for more specific information before framing charges and sending notices to the employees.
The Vigilance department on Tuesday sent a notice to the NGO asking for specific details regarding contracts for which bribes were sought and the date and time of the events concerning the employees of the council.
“Someone could be innocent. We need to be sure that we are not punishing them. Hence details will be taken from the NGO before a chargesheet is prepared,” Joshi said.
On June 28, the CDs containing two years’ worth of footage allegedly implicating several NDMC officials was handed over to the Engineering department.
The officials include an Assistant Engineer, a Junior Engineer, a draftsman and Accounts Officer and the Data Entry Officer – all from the civil engineering division of the council. The matter has been referred to the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Delhi government for further investigation.