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ACB begins probe against Goa Speaker

The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Goa Police today registered a PE (Preliminary inquiry) against the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Rajendra Arlekar in connection with a 500 sq mt plot at Porvorim bought by him for Rs 72 lakhs.

Acting on a complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking that Rajendra Arlekar be booked under Sec 13 (1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120-B of IPC and/or Section 34 of IPC, the ACB has commenced a probe into the source of Rs 72 lakhs paid by Speaker Rajendra Arlekar for the purchase of that plot.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint stated that a perusal of the Sale deed and the Affidavit of assets and liabilities filed by Rajendra Arlekar clearly reveals that the purchase of the 500 sq mt plot at a whopping price of Rs 72 lakhs was clearly disproportionate to Rajendra Arlekar’s last known source of income.

By a sale deed dated 26th August last year Rajendra Arlekar purchased from a Delhi based journalist Dharmanand Pandurang Kamat the 500 sq mt plot at Porvorim on payment of Rs 72 lakhs. The sale deed does not reveal the mode of payment as to whether the amount paid by Rajendra Arlekar was in cash, cheque or draft. Besides the 72 lakhs Rajendra Arlekar also paid an amount of Rs 2,52,000 towards stamp duty and a further Rs 2,16,280 as registration and processing fees of that Sale deed.

In an affidavit filed by Rajendra Arlekar on 9th February 2012 he had shown his income for the year 2010-2011 as Rs 2,76,671 and that of his wife Anagha Deshpande Arlekar who is a school teacher as Rs 5,87,186.

The Sale deed was executed before the Mapusa Sub- registrar Chandrakant Pissurlekar in the presence of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office bearer from Merces Mr. Hemant Golatkar and another Merces resident Prasad Kamat as witnesses Though the Vendor of that plot, Dharmanand Pandurang Kamat is a permanent resident of Delhi in the sale deed he has been shown as resident of Merces, Goa. 

Meanwhile, Mapusa Sub registrar Chandrakant Pissurlekar who had yesterday proceeded on a 33 day unauthorized long leave was today directed to resume duty.  

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today accused the ACB of registereing a PE and not an F.I.R only in order to delay taking action against Speaker Rajendra Arlekar though the complaint was based on documentary evidence.

In a petition filed today before the  ACB Superintendent of Police, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded the immediate registration of the F.I.R  and a speedy probe while accusing ACB officials of acting as caged parrots in high –handedly shielding Rajendra Arlekar.

Seeking immediate action against Rajendra Arlekar, Adv Rodrigues has drawn the attention of the SP of ACB to the recent Supreme Court Constitutional bench judgment in the case of Lalita Kumari Versus Govt. of U.P. & Ors whereby the police are duty bound to register an F.I.R if the same spells out a cognizable offence, Adv. Rodrigues has further stated he would move the Court for appropriate orders including action against ACB officers for not promptly acting in accordance with the laid down law.

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