The Telegraph
Thursday , January 31 , 2013
Since 1st March, 1999

FIR order against mayor for poll graft

The vigilance court on Wednesday directed police to lodge an FIR against mayor Varsha Singh and his predecessor Bimla Devi Tulsiyan for allegedly indulging in horse-trading during the 2007 civic body election.

Bimla Devi had become the mayor of the Muzaffarpur Municipal Corporation in 2007 and she continued in the post for the full five-year term.

The court also asked the police to include the names of then Muzaffarpur Town MLA Vijendra Choudhary, 24 ward councillors and a business partner of Choudhary in the FIR. Vigilance judge Arun Kumar directed superintendent of police (SP) Vigilance Bureau (Patna), to lodge the FIR within a week.

SP (vigilance) Muzaffarpur Upendra Prasad had submitted a chargesheet against all of them. On June 9, 2007, advocate Sudhir Ojha had filed a complaint against the alleged anomaly by the ward councillors at the behest of the former MLA in the vigilance court. Prasad added that he has made a CD from cellphone records containing voice samples of the accused, including Choudhary. “Details of transactions from nationalised banks have also been submitted to the vigilance court,” the officer said.

Choudhary said: “The charges against me are baseless. Bimla Devi, however, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.