The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator from Indore's ward no 45 and mayor-in-council member Suraj Kero will have to spend at least three more days under judicial custody after the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday adjourned his bail plea hearing till Monday.
Last Monday, a special court had sent Kero and eight others to jail till July 3, after lokayukta special establishment police presented a challan in the Meghdoot Garden scam case.
According to the challan submitted by the police, Kero and two former BJP corporators Rajendra Soni and Kailash Yadav were members of the works committee of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in 2003 when the corporation lost at least `35 lakh in the maintenance and development of Meghdoot Garden.
The police also included the names of the then city engineer, auditor, garden in-charge, contractor and two others in the challan holding them party to the scam.
On Thursday, Hemant Vishwakarma, a city resident, raised an objection before the court against Kero and others being granted bail on the grounds that the accused had allegedly indulged in corruption and misappropriation of public money.
The court has asked the complainant to file an application before the court expressing his contentions.
Kero is currently in-charge of the IMC’s revenue department. But with allegations of corruption gaining steam, the mayor and other local BJP leaders are under pressure to remove him from the post and the council.