In a major breach of security, a peon was caught taking important files related to real estate projects out of a ward office in Parel after working hours.
On Tuesday, a security guard caught the peon, his name has been withheld, from F-south ward estate department with around 40 files. The estate department handles redevelopment of buildings in the ward.
“The files contained important documents, such as consent letters from residents, for redevelopment projects,” said an officer from the civic security department, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“These files and documents are the municipal corporation’s property and staff members are not allowed to take them out without a note from the office superintendent,” said a senior civic official from the ward, who did not want to be identified.
According to the security department diary, the peon claimed he was taking the files to get them photocopied in connection with a Right To Information query.
But, his superior gave another version. Ward in-charge Harshad Kale, assistant municipal commissioner, said: “The estate department is facing staff shortage. A rent collector from the department wanted the files to be brought to his house because he wanted to complete the pending work. There is no harm in taking files home.”
However, another civic official said that no officer below the rank of the head of the department could take files home. SD Kulkarni, chief security officer, refused comment saying he didn’t have the details about the case.
No first information report has been lodged against the peon in the matter, but a departmental inquiry is being carried out.