BANGALORE: The Technical Vigilance Committee (TVC), which unearthed a mega scam of more than Rs 1,500 crore in three BBMP constituencies last year, has now been cornered, after their expose of the scam.
That’s what the opposition in the BBMP Palike is accusing the ruling party of.
Opposition congress leader in the BBMP, M Udayshankar, accused the ruling BJP government of financial lapses in the three constituencies.
“The Palike became a pauper after BJP came to power and work in constituencies like Gandhinagar, Malleswaram and Rajarajeswarinagar was allotted when no corporators were elected.
The previous commissioner H Siddaiah had initiated a probe through TVC after sensing a leak of development funds. The case then was transferred to the CBI.
But after that where has this TVC gone? This is nothing but the apathy of the ruling party in the corporation to remain silent on corruption and mismanagement in the Palike.
Hence, the TVC has become a defunct body,” lamented M Udayshankar.
JD (S) leader Padmanabha Reddy said, “The TVC has disappeared from the scene after the good work.
It had nailed three constituencies in its report but now no importance is given to this wing to probe other areas of work. This is nothing but lack of seriousness on the part of BJP rule in the Palike”.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor S Harish refuted the claims made by the opposition of not doing much to give importance to TVC.
“We are concerned. But at the same time, we want to see TVC doing its job when BBMP is doing some work and we cannot consider any report as genuine if it is submitted after the work is done,” said the Deputy Mayor.
‘TVC still functional’
BBMP Commissioner M K Shankarlinge Gowda told the Express that TVC is quite functional and he had given them the power to investigate any mismanagement in development works in the BBMP wards.
The matter will be further discussed in the Palike.
He further added that his department will not give into sensationalism when it comes to TVC.
Each department will do its work independently without any pressure, he noted.