Poll Panel Seeks Clarification Over Bengal Minister Holding 2 Offices Of Profit

Earlier Firhad Hakim held the publish of Kolkata mayor. (File)

Kolkata:

The Election Fee has written to West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, looking for to know if state City Improvement Minister Firhad Hakim, who can be the chairman of Kolkata Municipal Company Board, is holding two workplaces of revenue.

In a letter to Mr Sinha earlier this month, Vijay Kumar Pandey, one of many administrators of the ballot panel, additionally needed to know why Hakim shouldn’t be dismissed as an MLA.

“Sure, now we have acquired a letter on this connection. We’re trying into the matter. We are going to reply as soon as the time is correct time,” a high authorities official mentioned.

The city growth minister, when contacted, mentioned he doesn’t take any wage or perks because the chairman of the civic physique’s board of directors.

Secretariat sources mentioned the EC, in its letter, has posed 9 questions, two of which associated to Hakim’s obligations and remuneration because the KMC Board’s chairperson.

The letter demanded particulars of Hakim’s appointment process, a replica of the appointment order and details about the services offered to him in addition to the exemptions granted to his workplace beneath any order or Act.

It additionally requested concerning the date on which a notification for the creation of the publish was issued, and if it was accomplished in view of a state authorities directive.

Authorities sources mentioned the EC issued the letter after Satish Tiwari, extra chief secretary to the governor, wrote to the ballot panel on June 22.

Within the letter to the EC, the extra chief secretary mentioned Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had acquired letters accusing Hakim of holding two workplaces of revenue and sought his dismissal as an MLA, citing Part 191(1)(A) of the Structure.

Notably, the state authorities had in 2007 included 115 posts within the record of workplaces of revenue. In 2011, the record was amended and the variety of such posts was elevated to 126.

The workplace of the chairman of the KMC’s Board of Directors, which was created earlier this 12 months after the municipal elections have been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, nevertheless doesn’t characteristic within the record.

Earlier, Hakim had held the publish of Kolkata mayor.

Hakim, on his half, mentioned the governor, in collusion with the BJP, was making an attempt to create disturbances.

“I’m not taking any wage or perks, allowances or automobile because the chairman of the Board of Directors. The BJP and the governor collectively need to disturb us (the Trinamool Congress authorities). The court docket has requested me to proceed my responsibility, and I’ll work accordingly,” he added.

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