While repeated suicide cases of senior bureaucrats is haunting the government, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) authorities hurriedly called a press meet in city following the suicide threat made by MCC senior assistant statistics officer S M Venkatesha Murthy, alleging that MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath was deliberately targeting him by withholding his salary without valid reasons.
At a press meet on Thursday evening, Mayor B L Bhyrappa dismissed Venkatesha Murthy’s allegations against MCC Commissioner Dr Betsurmath and MCC Health Officer Dr H Ramachandra.
The mayor said, MCC has decided to write to the Department of Economics and Statistics against Assistant Statistical Officer Venkatesha Murthy, after he accused his higher officials of mentally harassing him.
The ‘clarification’ from the mayor came a day after Venkatesha Murthy filed a complaint against Dr Betsurmath, Dr Ramachandra, and Mohan Kumar, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s personal assistant in Karnataka Soudha in New Delhi. However, it is learnt that the K R Police, refused to lodge a case, and considered his written allegations as petition, as his allegations come under inter- departmental issues.
Mayor Bhyrappa, said, “Venkatesha Murthy is disappointed ‘mentally’ and his allegations against MCC officials including Commissioner Betsurmath and Health Officer Ramachandra, which was telecast in electronic media is completely baseless. His false allegations should not be considered seriously,” the mayor claimed.
“Venkatesha Murthy, may have been disappointed with some family issues or other reasons; in fact, as far as we concerned, Venkatesha Murthy is not regular to his work and he used to murmur alone in the corridor of MCC premises. Moreover, without attending his work in the morning, he frequently used to visit MCC office in the evening and strike out his absenteeism notice and manipulate it as ‘present,’ the mayor added.
Further adding, he said, “As the MCC is not an authority to take action against him; we, the authority have submitted a detailed complaint to Department of Statistics, appealing to take action against him or take him back to the department. Later, when he threatened to commit suicide, alleging that the MCC authorities were targeting him deliberately, again I (the mayor) wrote a complaint letter to Deputy Commissioner C Shikha and Police Commissioner B Dayananda on May 27, 2016.”
Besides, more than 60 notices have been served against Venkatesha Murthy during his service in MCC, but no action was taken, as he does not come under MCC authorities to take suitable action against him. The concerned authority, which is Directorate of Statistical Department, can take action against him, the mayor added.
“Even I had received a call from an unknown person, who had told me that Venkatesha Murthy and his family members would commit suicide in front of the mayor’s house,” said Bhyrappa revealed.
“However, my real concern is that he should not take any extreme steps based on false allegations, while the MCC commissioner or the health officer have not indulged in any ill-treatment against him,” the mayor clarified.
Corporators T S Girish Prasad, Jagadish, and Cheluvegowda were present.