Asks governor to initiate judicial inquiry

Mumbai : Leading opposition parties in the state, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has adopted an aggressive stand over alleged corruption in the Mumbai Corporation and asked the governor to initiate a judicial enquiry in the case.

The Congress also raised question over the Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan’s allegations against a contractor who is said to have tried to bribe the minister. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant has asked the minister to file a complaint against the contractor and initiate and ACB enquiry into the case.

It may be recalled that the Director General of Anti Corruption Bureau Pravin Dixit had last week said at a public function that if all the corruption in the MCGM comes to an end, the real estate rates in the city would come down at least by Rs.500 per square feet.

A Congress-NCP joint delegation under the leadership of leader of opposition in the assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil met the Governor Vidyasagar Rao and asked him to initiate a judicial probe in this case.

NCP MLA Jitendra Avhad, MLC Vidya Chavan, MRCC chief Janardan Chandurkar, Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap, MLA Kalidas Kolambkar and Amin Patel were part of the delegation.

“Corruption in BMC is adversely affecting to common man who desires to have his own home in Mumbai leading to a life with dignity and respect. If such remarks are made by an officer of the DGP, it does mean a lot to us. In fact we consider it as reality,” the opposition leaders have said in the letter given to the governor.

Since the Mumbai Corporation is being ruled by Shiv Sena, the present Government in the state is unlikely to act on the issue, they said and asked the governor to initiate a judicial probe in his own capacity.

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