Mumbai civic body’s attempt to send Maharashtra government-appointed auditor back fails
The Shiv Sena, which was first irked by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ move to appoint Bansode, opposed the proposalmumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2018 23:10 IST
The civic administration’s efforts to send its chief municipal auditor Suresh Bansode back to the state government failed after the general body of elected representatives in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rejected the proposal on Thursday.
The Shiv Sena, which was first irked by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ move to appoint Bansode, opposed the proposal, whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only party to support it.
Bansode termed the proposal “unfair”. “There is no concrete reason behind it. The allegations were made to disturb my audit work, which I have been doing efficiently. I want to thank the councillors for having faith in me,” he said.
Bansode’s appointment in June 2016 was considered as the BJP’s attempt to corner the Shiv Sena ahead of the civic polls. He was meant to audit civic departmental work, as scores of irregularities in roads and desilting work were reported.
Last year, he was accused of sending two non-civic employees posing as staff to collect a file containing information about the Colaba sewage treatment plan. The two clicked photographs of the file, which raised suspicion.
Following this, civic chief Ajoy Mehta had written to the state government, seeking that Bansode be sent back. Mehta initiated an inquiry against him, after which he tabled a proposal at the general body meeting.
“Bansode is accused of impropriety in carrying out audits. How can we have such an auditor on board?” asked Manoj Kotak, BJP leader.
A senior civic official said the civic administration would ask the government to set aside the resolution passed by the general body. “There is already an ongoing inquiry against Bansode,” he said.