Staff Reporter

KOCHI: An official of the Town Planning Department of the Kochi Corporation was suspended from service on Monday on charges of forgery.

The decision to suspend the official was announced by Kochi Mayor Mercy Williams at the Corporation council meeting. The official was charged with issuing an occupancy certificate to a builder by forging the signatures of the Corporation secretary and the Town Planning Officer.

The official was earlier shifted from the Town Planning Department. However, the Corporation councillors were not satisfied with the suspension order and they insisted on registering a police complaint against the official. Allowing the request of the councillors, Ms. Williams informed the council that a police complaint would also be lodged against the official.