Governor threatens to sue OAG

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra enjoyed a light uncover behind during New Year’s, though a Office of a Auditor-General says it is a No.1 reason to postpone a administrator from duty. (Bangkok Post record photo)

Bangkok administrator MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra has threatened to record a lawsuit opposite a Office of a Auditor-General (OAG) after a supervision announced Tuesday it would set adult a examine into a city’s New Year light show, following an exploration by a OAG.

The OAG progressing endorsed that a administrator be dangling from avocation over his purported impasse in irregularities in City Hall’s 39-million-baht light display.

However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pronounced Tuesday a BMA’s light uncover liaison will be dealt with by a normal routine and that it is not required to plead Section 44 to hoop a issue.

The primary apportion pronounced a initial step in a routine is a examine by a Interior Ministry, that supervises City Hall.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda announced a examine Tuesday into purported irregularities in a light show.

Earlier, Auditor-General Pisit Leelavachiropas pronounced a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is thankful to take authorised and disciplinary movement opposite those concerned in wrongdoings, so suspending a administrator would be in a BMA’s best interest.

Mr Pisit pronounced as a administrator is one of 8 people concerned in irregularities, a OAG has also forwarded a commentary to a Interior Ministry to safeguard City Hall does a job.

The Interior Ministry, as a supervisor, is also obliged for rising a examine to figure out who contingency be hold accountable, pronounced Mr Pisit.

“I will record a lawsuit opposite a OAG as it is destroying my reputation,” MR Sukhumbhand responded Tuesday. He has threatened before to sue state officials, though never has carried by on his threats.

He pronounced his group of lawyers is collecting justification to take authorised movement opposite a OAG. He also asked a open to cruise a information during palm scrupulously before desiring a allegations.

He insisted he would not renounce from a governorship following a allegations.

The administrator pronounced a OAG’s preference is not a final say.

Gen Anupong pronounced a method has followed a OAG’s recommendations by rising a examine into a allegations.

However, he pronounced a method during this theatre can't pouch or postpone MR Sukhumbhand from duty.

He pronounced a method would have to wait for a commentary of a committee.

In January, a OAG indicated there were probable irregularities in a plan and in May it concerned MR Sukhumbhand, observant it found justification of cost collusion in a agreement bidding.

Other purported irregularities were also rescued in bill spending on a project. For example, a BMA had diverted an puncture bill to account a display.

Besides MR Sukhumbhand, others who have been concerned in irregularities are Thawatchai Chan-ngam, arch of a tourism multiplication underneath a BMA’s Culture, Sport and Tourism Department; Pranee Sattayaprakop, a department’s director; and 5 members of a cabinet obliged for environment adult a ToR.

Meanwhile, Mr Pisit pronounced a OAG is also speeding adult a examine into a BMA’s argumentative squeeze of 20 mini-fire engines during a cost of 160 million baht.

The buying came underneath glow after it was suggested a vehicles are geared to left-hand pushing and might not be suitable for Thai trade laws.

The collection was purchased in 2013 and there are still skeleton for a squeeze of 15 some-more glow engines in mercantile year 2017.

Bangkok administrator MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra greets Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda who arrived to check a City Hall plan in Prawet district. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Former MP Wilas Chanpithak of the Democrat Party, who has unprotected a array of purported irregularities in a BMA’s projects, pronounced Tuesday he is looking into a “Metro TV” plan and has rescued signs of irregularities.

Mr Wilas pronounced he will share a sum with a open shortly and challenged BMA executives to ensue with their hazard to sue him for defamation.

The BMA administrator has not nonetheless responded to allegations over a squeeze of a glow engines.

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