City mayor marks vigilance inquiry against two officials
THEY HAD DEMANDED BRIBE FOR THE RELEASE OF PAYMENT OF PAID PARKING PASSES
CHANDIGARH: Mayor Raj Bala Malik on Wednesday marked a vigilance inquiry against two officials of the parking wing after receiving complaints against them for demanding bribes for paid parking passes.
The BJP-SAD councillors had cornered the mayor for issuing 406 free paid parking passes in the House meeting held on May 28.
The two officials of the muncipal corporiaton’s parking branch are Avtar Singh, sub-divisional enigneer (headquarters), and Prem Singh, junior engineer.
Speaking to HT, the mayor said, “I received the copy of complaint on May 28, but due to the House meeting could not go through it. We have marked a vigilance inquiry which will be conducted by MC’s vigilance officer Lalit Siwach.”
“In the complaint, the parking contractors have alleged that the said officials had demanded 5% bribe for the release of payment of city paid parking passes lying pending since the past about one-anda-half years. However, the total amount of city’s paid parking passes is Rs 35 lakh,” she said.
Tha mayor said the free parking passes issue had already caused an unwanted nuisance because of the politics being played by the opposition. “I have recommended a vigilance inquiry against the officials concerned. If the matter was in my knowledge during the house meeting, I would have put up the letter in the meeting itself,” she added.
In the complaint, the contractors have furhter requested to the MC commissioner to immediately take action against officials, otherwise they will bring the matter into the knowledge of higher authorities.
Avtar Singh, SDE and parking in charge with the MC, termed the allegations as baseless. He said, “I had already submitted the details of the paid parking passes on March 22 this year while the complaint came on May 28. The audit team is doing its work in order to check the details submitted by us.”
“The contractors are making baseless allegations just to take revenge of our firmness regarding the implementation of rules and regulations,” he added.