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Bangalore corporator’s suspension stays, order has only been revised

The state government has dismissed reports that sacked Ganesh Mandir corporator L Govindaraju’s suspension from the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) had been revoked.

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Rohith BR

Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 08:27 AM IST

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The state government has dismissed reports that sacked Ganesh Mandir corporator L Govindaraju’s suspension from the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) had been revoked.

Subir Hari Singh, additional chief secretary, urban development department, clarified on Monday that the government had only revised the suspension order dated September 15 after the Lokayukta additional director general of police found an error in the order copy.

“The revised order dated September 16 and order number NAE 383, MNU nowhere mentions revoking the suspension of the
corporator (Govindaraju),” said Singh.

Speaking to DNA, urban development minister Suresh Kumar also dismissed the news that Govindaraju’s suspension had been revoked. “As far as I know, the suspension order has been revised as per the Lokayukta’s request. There is no question of revoking the suspension order,” he said.

Reacting to the development, Govindaraju accused the state government of putting him and the public in confusion by issuing different orders. “I will approach the court after consulting my advocate,” Govindaraju told DNA.

Sources in the urban development department said that the government would soon issue a revised suspension order against the corporator with full clarity.

Sleuths of the Lokayukta had trapped Govindaraju while he was allegedly accepting Rs2 lakh as a bribe from a builder in his ward on July 17 for regularising certain building bye-law violations. The government issued an order to this effect on September 13.

The Karnataka Urban Development ordered the suspension on the basis of The Karnataka Government (Transaction of Business) Rules 1977. The corporator has been restricted from carrying out any development works in his ward. No funds will be released to his ward till the court gives a final verdict on the issue.

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