Probe to pin BMC staff who leaked plan to raze memorial

Following allegations that BMC employees leaked information to the Shiv Sena about the civic body plan to raze the temporary structure in Shivaji Park where Sena chief Bal Thackeray was cremated, the civic administration is trying to find if there was indeed a leak and the persons responsible.

Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte on Thursday said the corporation will take legal action if any civic employee is found guilty of leaking details of the BMC plan to take down the temporary structure.

"We are investigating if any civic employee leaked details when we planned to demolish the structure. If anyone is found guilty, we will take action as per the law," said Kunte.

Kunte also softened his stand on the notice he had issued to Mayor Sunil Prabhu and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for failing to remove the structure. "You could call it a notice or a letter. Basically it was a request to remove the structure," said the civic chief.

The temporary structure at the park was permitted only for a day after the cremation but the Shiv Sena has been unwilling to remove it despite the Municipal Commissioner issuing notices to the mayor and Raut.

On Monday, the corporation had planned to dismantle the structure but Shiv Sainiks were allegedly informed of the plan by some BMC employees. Angry Sainiks had then vandalised the anti-encroachment vehicles stationed at different locations around Shivaji Park.

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