Assembly secretary S Murthy has been suspended for allegedly siphoning off giant sums of cash, together with the purchase of mosquito nets for fields wherever protests were controlled opposite the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi.
With allegations of misappropriation on 23 counts over 2 winter sessions in Belagavi throughout 2016 and 2017, a five-member committee submitted a 20-page report that alleges that Murthy had submitted bills on official letterheads and got civil works refrained from correct authorization.
According to the suspension order accessed by STOI, Murthy has been suspected of paying Rs 1.8 crore on mosquito nets together with those for Kalyan mantraps and even for protest sites. The accusations counsel that the work orders for mosquito nets were issued once “misuse” of the Belagavi commissioner of police’s letter that allegedly sought-after these for Kalyan mantraps. “The letter seems to own been misused because the words are in different fonts and it sought-after just for mosquito nets for doors and windows of the Kalyan mantraps wherever lodging facilities were provided for cops,” the report said.
The report adds that a spot inspection of locations in 2017 had advised there was no proof of those mosquito nets being place up at protest sites that were in fields connected the SVS. “Even as we tend to question the need for these mosquito nets at the protest sites, in plain fields, there seems to be no proof of them being even placed up,” scan the report.
The committee report additionally spoke of “serious doubts” over civil works, together with painting and polishing work-obsessed by Murthy ahead of the 2017 winter session. “The polishing work for 12,691sqm has administrated at an expense of Rs 1.21 crore and was said to be completed in four days, before the winter session. This seems to be uncertain,” says the report.
The report claims the same case in terms of a painting of the complete interiors of SVS that was commissioned at Rs 2.48 crore. Even within the painting case, the project was said to be completed within 5 days for a section of 1.56 lakh square meters. The committee noted that each the polishing and painting work failed to have correct charge or technical approvals from either the PWD or the other authorized department.
The committee said there was misappropriation in food served to VIPs, VVIPs and bureaucrats wherever Rs 2.46 crore was spent on providing 54,550 plates of food for ten days at the SVS throughout the 2017 session. “Of this, we tend to believe there's no count of 10,090 plates of food that was served,” reads the report. It states there have been high irregularities in billings and commission of works that lacked correct sanctions.