Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain was attacked and his office at the main building of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) ransacked on Wednesday afternoon.
Hundreds of people, mostly employees of Hardayal Municipal Library who were sacked by the mayor following a Delhi High Court-appointed G.P. Thareja committee’s report on the matter, entered the heritage building by force and vandalised the office at around 2 pm. They shouted slogans against the BJP and demanded reinstatement at the earliest.
“Delhi Police constables deployed at the gates of the building failed to control the agitating mob and it was only after half-an-hour of large scale vandalising of the government property that police came.
There is definitely a lapse on the part of Delhi Police,” the mayor alleged.
The mayor had, around half past one, sacked the employees, saying their appointment by the previous Congress dispensation was “irregular”. The sacked employees, appointed between April 1, 2006 and June 7, 2007, had not been paid their salaries since taking up their jobs.
Asked whether former mayor Farhad Suri and then municipal secretary Ashok Jain will face action, Sain said the MCD has appointed a committee to look into the probe report and a decision will be taken on the basis of its recommendations.
The mayor said departmental action will be taken against officials involved in these appointments. Thareja, however, had not recommended any action against any officials in his 200-page report.
Sain said the MCD could again appoint qualified people from among those sacked. “The irregularities include appointment of 15-year-old and 50-year-old people. Moreover, the majority of them were unqualified,” he said.