: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike on Tuesday suspended an Assistant Revenue officer for pocketing tax money to the tune of Rs. 1.6 lakh after forging bills.

The accused, M.J. Karthik, ARO at Herohalli subdivision, had issued fake receipts to tax payers and pocketed the amount without depositing it in the BBMP account. BBMP officials initiated enquiries and found irregularities.

Ironically, Mr. Karthik was caught earlier for a similar offence while he was working at the Laggere subdivision, but instead of taking action against him, the BBMP authorities transferred him to Herohalli.