A day after name-calling during the House meeting, SAS Nagar deputy mayor Manjit Singh Sethi has sought registration of a first information report (FIR) against municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta for defaming him “as part of a conspiracy”.
Sethi and Gupta were involved in a war of words over a list of people allegedly patronising encroachers in the city, during the meeting on Friday.
“As part of a conspiracy, my name was included in the list prepared by the commissioner, just to defame me,” said the deputy mayor. Sethi said he has written to both Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, seeking an FIR against Gupta.
Gupta has already complained to police
After the ruckus in the House on Friday, Gupta had also written to the police, seeking an FIR against Sethi and some other councillors, alleging that he was feeling threatened. “Sethi and others tried to attack me, and had even manhandled MC superintendent and obstructed the working of the government staff,” he wrote in the complaint.
SP (city) Gursewak Singh said: “We have received the municipal commissioner’s complaint and are looking into the allegations.”
List the bone of contention
The MC House meeting was adjourned without taking up the agenda following the ruckus. It began when Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi accused Gupta of failing to check mushrooming of street vendors in SAS Nagar due to “ongoing corruption”.
Gupta then placed in the House a list of people allegedly shielding encroachers.
Manjit Singh Sethi lost his cool and rained abuses at the MC chief after his name figured on the list. The list prepared by the MC staff also includes the names of Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, Akali leaders Harinder Singh Chandumajra and Amrik Singh Mohali, mayor’s son Sarabjit Singh, and councillors Rajinder Sharma, Kuljit Bedi, Raj Rani, Ashok Kumar Jha, Arun Sharma, Paramjit Singh Kahlon, Shinderpal Singh Sohana and Parwinder Singh Sohana and Parkashwati.