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Rape accused deputy mayor off civic post

Gaya Municipal Corporation (GMC) deputy mayor Akhauri Onkarnath alias Mohan Shrivastava has finally been removed from the post.

He was ousted on Friday following a voting by councillors. Shrivastava bagged 22 votes in his favour, while 27 councillors out of the total 53, voted against him.

The voting was conducted after a two-hour discussion on the no-confidence motion against Shrivastava. He was not present during the voting because he is languishing in Beur Central Jail, Patna, in connection with a rape of a minor.

Shrivastava was arrested in January from a Patna-based hotel for allegedly kidnapping and gang raping two women with his six associates. Two girls, said to be under aged, were rescued from the hotel.

On Friday, three other councillors could not vote. Two councillors, Vinod Mandal and Jitendra Kumar, are lodged in the Beur jail. Another councillor, Abrar Ahmad alias Bhola Miyan, is absconding, as he is an accused in the murder of a property dealer, Naushad.

GMC city commissioner Ramvilas Paswan had written a letter to the Beur administration requesting to grant permission to Shrivastava so that he could physically remain present during the discussion on the no-trust motion against him. But the fast track court hearing the case of rape of minors against Shrivastava did not allow him because he had to appear in the court on Friday.

Shrivastava, along with six other accused in the case, got his statement recorded before the fast track court judge, Kaushal Kishore Singh, in connection with the January 5, 2014, kidnapping and rape case. All the accused persons pleaded innocence before the court and said they have been implicated in the case.

On June 9, 29 councillors of the GMC had submitted a letter to commissioner Paswan for a discussion on a no-confidence motion and voting against the deputy mayor.

The councillors had levelled corruption charges against Shrivastava that included tampering the contents of meeting register, purchase of fogging machine, vapour and sodium lights and above all maligning the image of the GMC after getting caught by Patna police in connection with the abduction and rape.

With the ouster of Shrivastava, a fresh election would be held to elect a deputy mayor. GMC mayor Vibha Devi said: “After consultation, the city commissioner and the councillors will fix a date for the election.”


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