M.J. Karthik, tax collector, has been suspended for misusing funds collected by him for property tax. Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, in a release, said when Mr. Karthik was working at the Office of the Assistant Revenue Officer (Laggere) sub-division, Malagala Help Centre, he had misused a sum of Rs. 1,66,648. Despite, repeated notices from the Assistant Revenue Officer (Laggere) questioning him about it, there was no response. He was also absent from duty without permission. Further, the release stated that he had also misused funds while employed at the Herohalli sub-division. A criminal case has been initiated. — Staff Reporter