The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), after the inquiry ordered by BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, has denied all allegations of corruption in the purchase of stationery items for the students of civic schools.
However, the civic body is yet to investigate about the allegation of only four-five families cornering all tenders for the supply of education items under the disguise of more than 15 forefront companies, which is a violation of BMC’s rules. Hindustan Times in an article (May 30, 2012) had exposed this scam.
After the allegations of favouritism and corruption, Kunte had ordered an inquiry to check whether the prices offered in the tender were competitive or inflated.
Mayor Sunil Prabhu, after the meeting of group leaders on Monday, announced that the inquiry has revealed the prices quoted in the tender are competitive.
“After the standing committee clears a proposal, then it is improper for any political party to raise questions and make allegations of corruption. If this practice continues, then it will become difficult to pass any tender in standing committee,” said Prabhu, attacking MNS without naming the party.
In spite of getting clearance from the inquiry, the civic body will not be able to issue purchase orders as MNS has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high court and has also sent legal notice to Kunte.
The petition will come to the hearing on June 12. Standing committee member from MNS, Sandip Deshpande, mentioned that BMC will have to answer the PIL in the court. “We are not against the students, but we cannot allow corrupt practices of BMC administration to continue,” he said. Samajwadi Party group leader, Rais Sheikh also blamed the BMC administration. “There are groups of officers who are fighting for their respective lobbies of contractors and the sufferer is common man,” he said.