BEST dismisses 7 over viral dance video
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has dismissed seven staffers, including Marathi actress Madhavi Juvekar, for featuring in a viral video, in which they were seen dancing and throwing money in the air during a function at Wadala depot on September 29, 2017. The action was taken on Thursday but was made public on Monday.
Juvekar however, claimed that the notes used in the dance were not real. “This is really an injustice. I am going for first appeal against the harsh order,” she said.
Apart from the dismissals, BEST has also reduced the salary slabs of seven others who were featured in the Dussehra video, said BEST committee chairman Ashish Chemburkar.
After the video went viral, BEST had initiated a departmental probe into the incident.
Chemburkar slammed the administration for its ‘harsh’ action against the 14 staffers. “BEST committee does not support their (staffers) acts, but the action taken against them is too harsh,” he said.
He has written to BEST’s general manager Surendrakumar Bagde asking him to expedite the further proceedings against the 14, but to soften the punishment.