A Right to Information (RTI) has brought the Mayor of Mumbai municipal corporation, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under scanner after it revealed some astonishing information about BMC’s lethargic behaviour. As per the information received, no action has been taken against 21 disqualified BMC Corporators which include our current mayor of the city, Vishwanath Mahadehswar, who was then civic body’s corporator. A reply to the Right to Information (RTI) application filed by an RTI activist, Anil Galgali, has now become a matter of concern for the civic body. The reply to the RTI application reveals that 21 disqualified corporators in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are still set free with no charges on them.
The corporators were disqualified after the civic elections of 2007, 2012 and 2017, yet there is no action taken by the BMC on these tainted corporators. 20 out of 21 corporators were disqualified for submitting fake caste certificates and 1 of them was disqualified for flouting the two-child norm (a norm that prohibits having more than two children to any corporator). The biggest irony seems to be that the current Mayor, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, himself falls in this category. Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was then the municipal corporator when he allegedly had submitted the incorrect details.
City-based RTI activist, Anil Galgali, had filed an RTI with BMC seeking information about actions taken against the disqualified corporators, which revealed that no case has been registered against them. S. D. Fulsunge, officer of BMC’s legal department, said that no case has been filed against any of the corporators ever since they were disqualified. She also said that the legal department forwards the election petitions to the Small Causes Court which is a norm in the civic body’s protocol. Anant Kajrolkar, deputy law officer of Small Causes Court, also said that no First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against any disqualified corporators so far.
Expressing his disapprobation, Galgali has written a letter to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BMC Commissioner, Ajoy Mehta, seeking an explanation for BMC’s inaction on the wrongdoings by the 21 corporators. “This is completely absurd and unprofessional. When corporators were disqualified submitting fake caste certificates, then why didn’t the BMC initiate criminal cases against them?” he asked, reported TV reports. “If the BMC takes action against these fraudsters, it will act as a deterrent. Otherwise candidates will keep submitting fake certificates in every election,” he added.