THE government on Thursday launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct concerning the head of the road transport department Sotiris Kolettas.
The cabinet has appointed state treasurer Rea Georgiou, to investigate the possibility of disciplinary and other offences being committed by the transport chief.
Sotiris Kolettas had been the focus of weekend reports that alleged he had refused to impose a fine on a bus company because of a special relationship with the outfit.
Last weekend, daily newspaper Politis published a letter from the communications ministry’s audit depart to the permanent secretary, informing him that Kolettas had refused to fine Intercity Buses – even after he was told to so — despite the company repeatedly violating its contract for two and a half years.
Quoting the letter, Politis said Kolettas ignored the minister’s instructions, informing the company that no fine would be imposed.
The audit department’s letter said this was not the first time Kolettas handled the company in question in a favourable manner, according to Politis.
The letter said Kolettas appeared to have a special relationship with the chairman of the board, Xenofon Andreotis.
It did not mention what this relationship is, but Politis alleged it concerned the purchase, by Kolettas, of a villa in Paralimni worth €400,000, from a company in which Andreotis was a shareholder.