Barring BJP corporator Vinod Shelar, others spoke out in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday against the probe report on the alleged de-silting scam that led to suspension of 14 civic officials and blacklisting of 32 contractors. Following a demand by several corporators, Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh said an inquiry would be conducted into the leaking of the confidential probe report.
Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh said the findings indicated failure of pre-audit system. He stated that the report was flawed and has become the field for a political game.
Corporators from MNS pointed out that the inquiry penalised only junior civic officials. “It is good that junior level engineers faced action. But what about people holding senior positions who should be held equally responsible,” said Anisha Mazgaonkar.
Dismissing the report Congress corporator Pravin Chheda doubted the authenticity of the report. “I don’t trust this inquiry report. The previous report by DMC mentioned only 14 engineers. Then there was a second inquiry by AMC conducted which found another 32 contractors guilty. Tomorrow there might be another one by a retired judge,” he said. He added that the inquiry should have been done earlier.
Reiterating the prior claims of Sena corporator and chairperson of the standing committee, Yashodhar Phanse his fellow party member Ramakant Rahate demanded the resignation of the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and stated that he should take responsibility. In response, AMC Sanjay Deshmukh stated that the inquiry report has been prepared .