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JMC Mayor Munesh Gurjar moves Rajasthan High Court against suspension order

Gurjar claims the government unlawfully suspended her for the second time.

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October 6, 2023, 8:39 pm

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JAIPUR: Munesh Gurjar, the suspended Mayor of Jaipur Municipal Corporation Heritage, has moved Rajasthan High Court against the order of suspension issued by the state government recently.

She claimed the government unlawfully suspended her for the second time. Gurjar’s petition will come up for hearing on September 27.

Following an initial inquiry on September 22, the state government suspended Gurjar. This wasn’t the first time that she was suspended. She faced suspension earlier on August 5, but the order was stayed by the High Court. The government said that the suspension came after an investigation stemming from a raid at Gurjar’s residence.

With a judicial probe into the allegations still underway, there are concerns that Gurjar’s position as Mayor might interfere with the investigation, the order says.

The single bench of Justice Inderjit Singh had observed on August 23 that the government can’t suspend Gurjar without a prior inquiry. As a result, the suspension from August 5 was revoked, and Gurjar resumed her office on August 24.

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) had searched Gurjar’s home on August 4, leading to the arrest of her husband, Sushil Gurjar, along with two others. Sushil was arrested for allegedly demanding a Rs 2 lakh bribe.

The raid revealed a cash stash of Rs 40 lakh. An additional Rs 8 lakh was discovered at an aide’s residence. Following this, Gurjar was initially suspended on August 5, a decision she successfully contested in court, leading to her reinstatement on August 24.

First published: September 26, 2023