The commissioner will decide the quantum of punishment after the replies to the notices.
Mumbai: More than a year after the deadly fire in Kamala Mills compound, the final enquiry report has held more three officers guilty who are two assistant municipal commissioners (ward officers) and a medical health officer. This takes the total number of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officers found guilty to 12 as the earlier enquiry report had found nine officers guilty for all charges levied against them.
“Show-cause notices will be issued to the three officers on Friday and after their replies the punishment will be decided for all 12 guilty by the municipal commissioner”, said additional municipal commissioner, Vijay Singhal, who prepared the report.
The three officers found guilty in the final report are former G-North ward officers Prashant Sakpale and Bhagyashree Kapse and medical health officer, Dr Satish Badgire who has been suspended from duty since the fire incident. While, Sakpale and Kapse are presently posted to K-East ward and N ward respectively.
The report submitted to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta was accepted on Thursday. Mr Mehta remarked on the report, “The two ward officers are found guilty for poor or no supervision, which is serious as supervision of ward level activities is the primary responsibility of the ward officer.” He also directed the concerned officials to reply to the show-cause notice in 15 days and also to expedite the procedure and submit file of earlier nine officers who were found guilty.
The commissioner will decide the quantum of punishment after the replies to the notices. Five guilty are already suspended for failure to accomplish their duties. The other nine officer held guilty are assistant engineer Madhukar Shelar, sub-engineer Dinesh Mahale, junior engineer Dhanraj Shinde, assistant divisional fire officer S.S. Shinde, deputy executive health officer Dr Rajesh Madan, fire station officer Rajendra Patil, assistant engineer Manohar Kulkarni, assistant divisional fire officer Sandeep Shinde and sanitary inspector Pradeep Shirke.