Virudhunagar Collector revokes panchayat chairman’s authority to sign check – Reuters

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By Express press service

VIRUDHUNAGAR: District Collector J Meghanath Reddy has revoked the Mettamalai Panchayat Chairman’s check signing authority for preventing the Special Investigation Team from inspecting documents related to a corruption case on Monday.

In a statement, the Collector said that the Block Development Officer (Village Panchayat) of Sattur has been authorized to sign Mettamalai panchayat checks until further notice.

“DVAC detectives arrested panchayat secretary T Kathiresan of Mettamalai, who demanded a bribe of 20,000 for approving a construction plan submitted by a resident of Vasanthi on February 8. He was incarcerated in Srivilliputhur Sub-Prison Parthasarathy refused to give DVAC detectives the required documents, a five-member special investigation team – Executive Engineer (Rural Development), Deputy Warden (Panchayat), Union Area Officer Sattur , Block Development Officer (Village Panchayat), Sattur and Assistant Engineer, Sattur Union – was formed.However, when this team went to Mettamalai, the chairman locked the panchayat office and left the office premises Even though the lock was opened in front of the village administrative officer, the team found the required documents missing,” the collector said.

The president also prevented the implementation of the Jal Jeevan mission program in his panchayat, Meghanath Reddy added.

The collector used his emergency power under Section 203 of the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act 1994 to overrule the President’s check signing authority.


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