The day he was elected Mayor Kalia had promised to serve the city as a Nagar Sewak and not as a mayor. “The doors of my office will remain open for everyone,’’ he had said in his maiden speech. It’s one promise he seems to be keeping.
In the orders issued by the court in December, the civil judge had directed the MC Commissioner to deduct a sum of Rs 13,57,757 from Kalia’s salary in monthly installments and remit it to the court. The order was pronounced on a complaint by Harish Chhabra.
As BJP councillors focused on “appreciating Kalia, his humble background and the way he took criticism by the media and other people over his police record, in his stride”, Kalia had to face some embarrassing moments as well.