BHOPAL: Congress leader and MLA Arif Aqueel has been given time to file his reply in 39- Corporators disqualification case. Aqueel had to file his reply on Tuesday but he could not do so. The next hearing will be on December 11. BMC allegedly incurred a loss of Rs 85 lakh because of 39 BJP corporators of previous Council ( Parishad) in 2007.

The then divisional commissioner Pukhraj Maru turned down the Lokayukta recommendation to disqualify the 39 BJP members and absolved them of all charges. Aqueel filed an appeal with UAD PS SPS Parihar and the case was reopened. Earlier, acting on a complaint made by Aqueel, the Lokayukta had investigated and found substance in the complaints of corruption against 39 BJP members of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation ( BMC) of the previous Council.

The Lokayukta, accordingly, recommended their disqualification to continue as members of the BMC and also recommended that they should be debarred from contesting elections to the BMC for five years under the provisions of the MP Municipal Corporations Act. The recommendation was sent to the divisional commissioner BR Naidu who has supervisory powers over the municipal corporation under his jurisdiction, for issuing necessary orders. That was in April 2007. When Pukhraj Maru became divisional commissioner, he turned down the Lokayukta recommendation to declare the 39 BJP members disqualified, and absolved the BJP members from all charges of corruption.

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