Kozhikode: A fresh allegation has been raised against Kozhikode corporation over violation of norms for helping assembly speaker AN Shamseer’s brother Shahir. The opposition councillors alleged that the corporation didn’t take action against Shahir who evaded the payment of the deposit amount after taking the contract for bus shelter renovation and maintenance.
Shahir had taken the contract two years back and his cheque to the corporation had bounced. It is alleged that the corporation has been neglecting the action against the contractor even after two years.
It was in 2020 that Shahir took the contract for the construction and maintenance of 32 bus shelters in the town. As per the contract, he should pay Rs 5.72 lakh as a deposit amount to the corporation for the maintenance of 11 bus shelters in the next 10 years. But even after two years, he didn’t settle this amount.
The corporation authority had served notice to the contractor after the council members raised a protest against the non-payment of the deposit. Following this, Shahir handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the corporation in July. But this cheque had bounced due to insufficient balance in his bank account. Amidst this, he handed over the works taken up by him to another party, alleged the opposition.
"As per the rule, the contract should be cancelled if the contractor evades the payment of the deposit amount. But the corporation tried to protect the assembly speaker’s brother," criticised the opposition councillors.
Meanwhile, the corporation authority claimed that Shahir had already paid over Rs 10 lakh under expenditure cost.