Even as the investigation into the multi-crore scam in three divisions of the BBMP is gathering steam, it appears that efforts are afoot to slow down the investigation. The Ruling BJP has been trying to scuttle the investigation by questioning the Commissioner's move of handing it over to the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF). However, the Opposition Congress wants a thorough investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), while the Janata Dal (S) wants a Lokayukta probe.

On Friday, Deputy Mayor S. Harish told reporters here the BBMP council will now take a call on whether the investigation into the scam should be handed over to the Lokayukta or CBI. The council is slated to meet on November 29 and 30, in which all the city MLAs are expected to attend.

“As per section 64(b) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976, the council is supreme. When this is the case, how could the Commissioner hand over the investigation to the BMTF without bringing it to the notice of either the Mayor or the council?” Mr. Harish asked.

Ruling Party Leader B.R. Nanjundappa claimed that last week's fire gutted documents pertaining to scams when the Congress was in power. “Files related to the cases between 1999 and 2004 were damaged. We will bring the guilty to book.”

Mr. Harish rubbished allegations of the BJP's hand in the arson, claiming it was a tactic to prevent investigation into the earlier scams .

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader M. Udayshankar questioned how Mr. Harish could make statements about the scam when the investigation is already under way and demanded a CoD probe into the fire.

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