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'Backlog category files missing from Joint Commissioner office'

Congress Councillor raised the issueFormer Mayors sought action against official

MANGALORE: Mayor K. Ashraf has ruled that an official, who is in the grade of Joint Commissioner, be dismissed from service.

After a City Corporation Council meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Ashraf heard the allegations of councillors. The issue was raised by the councillor Mahabala Maarla of the ruling party (Congress), who said that two volumes of original files containing details of appointment of 12 employees in the 'backlog' category were missing from the Joint Commissioner's office.

The files are highly confidential and hence cannot be misplaced or lost, he said.

Former Mayors Purandaradas Kulur, K. Diwakar, M. Shashidhar Hegde and many other members, including those from the Opposition (BJP), urged the Mayor to take action.

Mr. Ashraf wanted to give the official a chance to offer an explanation and asked him to bring the missing files to the council hall. But he returned with a bundle and presented it to the Mayor and Commissioner Chandrappa, saying it had the missing files. But the Mayor and the Commissioner could not find the missing volumes.

'No other choice'

There was a debate on the issue for more than half-an-hour. And the Mayor said he has no other choice but to recommend dismissal of the official.

Later, Mr. Ashraf told presspersons that he had to take the harsh step for it is pertained to the livelihood of those belonging to the deprived classes.