The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not initiated any action against as many as 27 officials who were found to be involved in corruption cases from 2005 to February this year but rather reinstated some of them, an RTI query has revealed.
The disclosure has given fresh ammunition to opposition parties to target the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, which controls the richest civic body, ahead of 2017 municipal polls. The RTI application was filed by activist Jeetendra Ghadge.
The officials were either caught by ACB for accepting bribes or have cases of disproportionate assets registered against them. However, no action like suspension was taken against them by the civic body, with some of them being reinstated, he said.
"It's shocking they are reinstated despite cases pending against them. If this is what is happening people will not file complaints in ACB fearing revenge from such officials who will be back on duty within a year," Ghadge said.
The development has given a handle to the Congress and NCP to hit the saffron combine with. "The RTI response is proof that governance of BMC is in shambles. The citizens of Mumbai will surely teach a lesson to the corrupt politicians backing these corrupt officers," said Congress spokesperson Al-Nasser Zakaria.
NCP leader Sachin Ahir said the ruling corporators are keeping mum as they know they have failed and are a part of the "corrupt" system. BMC Chief Enquiry Officer Ramesh Danane said, "whatever decisions have been taken were as per the instructions of BMC Commissioner".