FIR order against mayor for poll graft

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  • Published 31.01.13

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.