Published on : Thursday, November 23, 2017
VVS Gangaraju, Sridhar Kolli and G Ramakrishna, the three tourism officials with allegations were suspended from responsibilities for their dereliction and ‘encouraging’ River Boating and Adventures Partners Pvt Ltd, the company which was charged for their boat being capsized at the Pavitra Sangamam, killing 21 passengers on board, was quite upset from High Court when the company defied the action of the government on them.
On Tuesday, justice A Ramalingeswara Rao of the Hyderabad High Court suspended the case filed by deputy manager of tourism corporation, Mr. Ganga Raju, challenging the deferral orders against him in the Krishna River mishap wherein 22 people lost their lives.
Upon hearing of the issue, the counsel of the petitioner claimed that his client at that time was on medical leave and not on duty. However, it was further explained that his client was made a scapegoat for the tragedy by issuing suspension orders. The government counsel on the other hand stated that the petitioner has not been doing his work properly for several weeks and the boats were plying unlawfully because of his negligence.
As per a senior tourism department official, three executives of tourism filed a review petition in High Court three days later Bhuma Akhila Priya Reddy; the Tourism Minister suspended them from their responsibilities along with four other employees. Nevertheless, supporting their version, Tourism officials said, “After enquring more than 50 employees, we took action against the DGM and divisional manager. We also have solid evidences proving their nexus and shares in the company,” said Tourism department director Himanshu Shukla.