Bellary: Karnataka government on Monday decided to order Corps of Detectives (COD) probe into the multi-crore financial scam in the Bruhut Banglore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Announcing this to reporters here, Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said "COD will probe into various financial irregularities that have taken place in BBMP. A decision to this effect has been taken to ensure transparency in administration", he said.
Recently BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah lodged a complaint to Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) police asking it to investigate into the Rs 1539 crore financial irregularities in the BBMP wards coming under the assembly constituencies of Gandhinagar, Malleswaram and Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
The decision had evoked protests from BBMP corporators and even by some ruling party MLAs, but the opposition Congress and JDS demanded a thorough probe into the financial irregularities in all the 198 wards.
BBMP officials faced accusations of misuse of funds and payment of bills to unexecuted works among others.
Soon after the Siddaiah sought police probe, a fire broke out in one of the rooms in BBMP (city corporation) where records of the corporation had been stored.
Siddaiah had already declared that files pertaining to the financial scam in three assembly constituencies and others have not been damaged in the fire mishap.
Continuing his electioneering in Bellary Rural constituency hours before the camapigning ends, Gowda appealed to voters to teach a lesson to the indepdendent candidate B Sreeramulu.
The government will focus on development of Bellary district which was neglected by Janardhana Reddy, Sreeramulu and others earlier, he said.