BMTC MD Suspended a BMTC Traffic Controller for receiving cigarettes from his junior staff in exchange of an official favour

Yogesh K Porwar & Siddarath Sethia

D emanding and accepting cigarettes from junior staff proved costly for the traffic controller of BMTC,as the Managing Director G.Sathyavathi on Wednesday ordered suspension of Gurumurthy attached to unit 33 on the charges of corruption until further orders.

The incident came to light during the course of investigations into the rampant corrupt practices among the officials and harassment meeted out to the ground level staff who refused to comply to their demands.

Senior BMTC official said,Gurumurthy who was in-charge of assigning routes to the conductors and drivers while carrying the orders of his senior in sanctioning OT and leaves to the staff.

The allegation was that he would demand cigarettes and snacks from the junior staff for an official favour and those who do not comply or follow his instructions will get a bad deal relatively.

CK Ramya,Assistant security and vigilance officer,who visited the depot came to know about this and probed in detail before submitting,a detailed report to the MD G.Sathyavathi,for further action.

Based on the report Ms.Sathyavathi suspended Gurumurthy on the charges of corrupt practices,which is against the service rules and indiscipline .

Continuing him in the same position despite this will not only encourage him to do more but also sends a wrong signal,she said,in the order.

It may be recalled that the officials cracked a whip on the staff of Depot 20 in Banashankari and suspended around 10 staff members who were found indulged in bitcoin trading.

The staff are not only trading into bitcoin online but also encouraging other staff to enroll and earn huge margin of profit.

The accused officials including store officer and junior assistant ranks have not obtained any permission from the authority concerned to get into the another business and dealing in online transactions worth lakhs from their salaried account,which amounts to office of profit business interest .

It may be recalled that the same vigilance and security team had cracked the forgery case which led to the arrest of a Former Chief Traffic Manager of BMTC for allegedly forging the signatures of senior officers to tamper with documents and award contracts and tenders to undeserving applicants causing financial loss to the tune of Rs.17 crore to the corporation.