Letter row: Corporation prays to LSG Ombudsman to reject complaint, says it is not legally tenable | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The civic body has requested the local self government ombudsman to reject the complaint filed regarding a letter allegedly written by Mayor Arya Rajendran to CPM district secretary.
LSG Ombudsman issued notices to corporation secretary and Mayor Arya Rajendran based on the complaint filed by Sudheersha, district president of Indian Youth congress.
According to the complaint, Mayor Arya Rajendran violated her oath of office and misused her powers as a Mayor to issue a letter to Anavoor Nagappan, district secretary, CPM in her official letter pad seeking priority list of candidates to be appointed by the civic body in the temporary posts created for health centres. The complainant sought an investigation into the matter and also an investigation into all the appointments made to temporary vacancies since Arya Rajendran assumed office as the Mayor.
The response filed by corporation secretary to the Ombudsman says that the complaint is not legally tenable and hence it shall be rejected by the Ombudsman. The secretary in his letter quotes relevant sections under Municipality act pertaining to the portion which deals with investigation by the Ombudsman.
It says that the Ombudsman shall not enquire into matters relating to any matter in which a formal and public inquiry has been ordered by the government and any matter which is pending before a Court. The corporation secretary refers to the pending case in the High court following a petition filed by the former Congress councillor G S Sreekumar and the ongoing probe by the Crime Branch.
In response to the allegations levelled in the complaint filed with the Ombudsman, the corporation secretary cites that there is no mention in any of the official files of the city corporation regarding the letter or the consent to draft a letter.
The civic body has communicated that a council meeting had decided to recruit 32 doctors, 49 nurses and 29 pharmacists to enable functioning of health centres from 8 am to 8 pm. Accordingly ranklist was prepared by including 17 doctors, 16 staff nurses and 13 pharmacists who took part in the interview held from May 4 to 10, 2022. Later four doctors, two staff nurses and a pharmacist communicated that they wouldn`t be able to take charge and due to inadequate number of the candidates, the job notification was issued again on news papers and was also published on the website.