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BMA files corruption complaint over DSI probe

The Department of Special Investigation's investigation into the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's extension of the BTS Skytrain concession is a politically motivated vendetta aimed at undermining Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra's run for re-election, a top BMA official said yesterday.

Deputy Governor Theerachon Manomaiphiboon spoke to reporters after lodging a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission against DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith, accusing him of four counts of malfeasance-related offences.

The BMA management also submitted the issue to the Ombudsman's Office, which has forwarded the matter to the Justice Ministry for further scrutiny. Theerachon said the BMA also made a complaint directly to the DSI, asking for clarification and relevant documents.

In the complaint submitted to the NACC, the BMA accuses Tarit of unlawfully taking action against the BMA over the extension of the contract. It says the DSI has unlawfully jumped to the conclusion that BMA had no authority to make any decisions about the BTS concession.

The DSI also failed to submit the issue to the NACC within a 30-day deadline. Further, the DSI unlawfully presented the BTS case to the DSI board and unlawfully convinced it to take the issue under its jurisdiction. Sukhumbhand's term as Bangkok governor ends on January 11.


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