[Janata Dal (S) President Bulund Iqbal and Mustaqeem Dignity after the Janata Dal (S) activists ended their 05-day fast unto death against corruption in Malegaon Municipal Corporation on Friday December 18, 2015. (Photo: ummid.com)]
Malegaon: Five days after ten Janata Dal (Secular) activists went on fast unto death against rampant corruption in Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC), the commissioner sent notice to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) and order to senior civic officers over alleged violation of norms while leasing out sites for installation of telecom towers.
The Janata Dal (Secular) activists who were on fast unto death since Monday December 14, 2015 ended their protest following the development and written assurance made to them by Municipal Commissioner Kishore Borde.
In a notice issued to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL), the Municipal Commissioner directed the telecom company, which is due to launch its commercial 4G high speed internet service in March-April 2016, to stop installation of its telecom towers in Malegaon city limits till further order.
The commissioner also directed the local civic department to remove three telecom towers installed by Reliance Jio from the sites owned by the corporation.
Simultaneously, the commissioner issued order to five senior civic officers to reply within seven days why the norms were not followed while leasing out lands to Reliance Jio.
The commissioner in his order written to the senior officers sought their reply on why the commercial rate was not taken into consideration while signing the lease agreement for 75 sites in Malegaon city limit.
Led by the party General Secretary Mustaqeem Dignity, Janata Dal (S) activists began their protest after it was learnt that the Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has been leased out 75 sites on a meager Rs.137/- per month rent. The Chief Auditor in his report sent to the civic body in October this year recommended cancellation of the agreement or revision in the worked out rental rate.
Along with accusing corruption in MMC-Reliance Jio deal, the Janata Dal (S) had also protested against Water Grace Private Ltd - the company responsible for collecting and dumping city waste. The JD (S) workers had also leveled graft charges in allotment of shopping centres and other properties owned by the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) in the city's prime areas.
Following the protest by the Janata Dal (S) activists the Municipal Commissioner ordered a probe into their allegations and also ordered the account department to deduct rupees seventy-six lakh from the account of Water Grace Company - the penalty amount imposed by former commissioner Latish Deshmukh.