UP: Mayor accused of demanding bribe of Rs 20 lakh, inquiry committee constituted

Mathura, Sep 15 (PTI) The Mayor of Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation in Uttar Pradesh, Mukesh Kumar Valmiki, has been accused by a victim’s family of demanding a bribe of Rs 20 lakh. The Municipal Commissioner has constituted a five-member committee to probe the matter.

The victim’s family made the allegations during the corporation’s executive meeting and warned that they would commit suicide along with all the nine members of their family near the mayor’s residence if justice is not served.

Lakhmichand Pal and his wife Shilpi Pal, who run a tailor’s shop on Arya Samaj Road, suddenly reached the corporation’s executive meeting on Wednesday and accused the mayor of not emptying the shop owned by the corporation in which they work as tailors. In lieu of getting it done, the mayor has demanded a bribe of twenty lakh rupees. The family also alleged that if the money was not paid, the shop was told to be given to a johri.

At the same time, reacting to the allegations, the mayor said that Lakhmichand is neither the owner of the shop nor the tenant. He could not even show the rent receipt. He said that he is making false allegations only to grab the shop and will not allow illegal encroachment on the property of the corporation.

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Anunay Jha said that a five-member inquiry committee has been formed to probe the allegations against the mayor. This includes councilors Rashmi Sharma, Tilakvir Singh, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Rajkumar Mittal, Chief Assessing Officer Shivkumar Gautam and Tax Superintendent Umaid Singh. This committee will submit its inquiry report in the board meeting.

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