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Evidence collected by an RTI activist-cum-lawyer Dinesh Kumar Singh suggests that city mayor Dipak Kumar Bhubania, belonging to the ruling JDU, had been convicted by a local court 22 years ago. A permanent (red) warrant in his name is waiting execution. However, Bhubania contested the civic polls in 2012 and became mayor after being elected as a ward councillor. In his declaration papers, Bhubania allegedly hid that he was declared a fugitive in the court of law. Read at: RTI case unearths 'fugitive' tag on mayor
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe mayor and the deputy mayor have come under scanner of the Congress party for 'excessive' expenses on their official cars. Congress corporator Sheetal Mhatre has received a reply through Right To Information (RTI) which states that bills of the first citizens' car usage cross Rs36 lakh annually. Read at: Mayor, his deputy's car usage bill: Rs36 lakh | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Sachin Dravekar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 16 November 2009 NAGPUR: Nagpur Municipal Corporation, that pleads lack of funds for virtually everything, does not mind splurging citizens' money on official vehicles of mayor, municipal commissioner, civic officials and office bearers, often against the rules. The shocking facts was revealed in answer to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by N L Sawarkar, general secretary of Jansamasya Nivaran Sangharsh Samiti, recently. Citing funds crunch, the NMC has also effected steep hike in water and property taxes and tried to fleece citizens by making licences mandatory for shop owners, hawkers and hospitals. It often blames its poor financial condition for absence of such basic works like repairing pot-holes and providing toilet for citizens. As per the information provided by general administration department (GAD) of civic body, the NMC spent Rs 39.47 lakh on fuel for 32 official vehicles this year. Last year, NMC had spent Rs 36.80 lakh for the same. Mayor Maya Iwnate has three vehicles for herself-- a Hyundai Elantra (MH-31 CE1), an Ambassador (MH-31 Z 128) and a Maruti Gypsy (MH-31 AG 9469) and incurred an expenditure of Rs 5.90 lakh this year (2008-09). This is Rs 1.58 lakh more than last year. Municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta spent Rs 1.94 lakh on his two official vehicles-- a Hyundai Accent (MH-31 BG-1) and an Ambassador (MH-31 G 9909)-- this year which is Rs 60,913 more than last year. Sawarkar told TOI that there was a state government's directive to allot only one official vehicle to one person. TOI had recently exposed that the civic bosses and office bearers in the municipal corporation were also employing multiple peons in their offices. The civic chief has an astounding 11 peons deployed at his residence and three at office, mayor has five peons, deputy mayor Kishor Kumeria has four peons while leader of opposition and NMC standing committee chairman have three peons each. Most of the time they do not have any official work and are often used for carrying out personal or political work of their boss. The vehicle of deputy mayor Kumeria-- an Ambassador (MH-31 BG-2)-- incurred an expenditure of Rs 2.75 lakh while that of standing panel head Pravin Bhisikar's vehicle Rs 1.70 lakh. Additional municipal commissioner Vishnupad Bute's Maruti Esteem consumed Rs 1.23 lakh worth of fuel and ruling party leader Anil Sole's official Ambassador Rs 1.11 lakh. Total expenditure came to Rs 39.47 lakh. Sawarkar further said when the divisional commissioner, who looked after the entire administration of five districts, and Nagpur Zilla Parishad president and chief executive officer were had only one vehicle each, how could the mayor and municipal commissioner get multiple vehicles. Source: Mayor has 3 cars, civic chief reveals more abuse of power - Nagpur - City - The Times of India