Staff Reporter

Threatens him with legal action for `producing false reports'

CHENNAI: Deputy Mayor R. Thiagarajan, who has been staying away from the city for more than three months now, has written a letter to the Corporation Commissioner calling the budget meeting of the civic agency on February 23.

The letter was faxed to newspaper offices on Saturday from Deputy Mayor's residence. It is a computer printed document on Mr. Thiagarajan's letterhead and bears his initials.

Mr. Thiagarajan's controversial absence has been a matter of speculation for long now. He has been expelled from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and has reportedly been attempting to join the Congress party. Though he has been speaking to several journalists over the phone for several weeks now, Mr. Thiagarajan refuses to disclose where he is staying and is not clear when he would return.

Only on Friday, the Commissioner had called the budget meetings to be held on February 1 and 2, after getting the government consent citing the Mr. Thiagarajan's absence. According to the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, only the elected Mayor, or in his absence the Deputy Mayor, should call the council meeting.

Mr. Thiagarajan has said he would initiate legal action against the Commissioner for reportedly producing false reports to the government while calling the meeting.

He also added the Commissioner failed to acknowledge his earlier letters for convening the council.

It is likely that the budget meeting would be held on February 1. When contacted the Commissioner, M.P. Vijayakumar, said he was still examining the Deputy Mayor's letter.