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Former mayors slam audit department,say penalty sets wrong precedent

Former mayors of the city criticised the action of the audit department of the Municipal Corporation for penalising former mayor Kamlesh for calling two special meetings of the House.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 29, 2011 1:50:26 am

Former mayors of the city criticised the action of the audit department of the Municipal Corporation for penalising former mayor Kamlesh for calling two special meetings of the House. The former mayors termed it a wrong precedent and stated that the money should be refunded.

During her stint as mayor in 2009,Kamlesh had called two special meetings of the House apart from the monthly meetings that are held. The meetings had been called to discuss the issue of the Garbage Processing Plant. The report on the functioning of the Plant was to be discussed. One of the meetings was adjourned without a discussion,the other was postponed.

Following this the audit department imposed a penalty on Kamlesh asking her to bear the expenditure of both these meetings stating that it had led to loss to the civic body’s exchequer. The issue has now been taken up by Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh with the officers of the Municipal Corporation.

Kamlesh says,“The meeting was the need of the hour and was called with the consent of all councillors. If holding meetings was illegal then the officers should have not allowed this to happen. It has never been heard that auditors are penalising Speaker of the Assemblies or the Parliament if the houses get adjourned.”

Another former mayor Harjinder Kaur says that such a fine would set a wrong precedent.

“It is the authority of the mayor to call meetings of the House. If there is an issue to be discussed then the House can be called for the purpose. It is not a correct precedent to have for mayors to be penalised,” she said.

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