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ACB quizzes former PWD Minister Alemao

Former PWD minister Churchill Alemao on Friday appeared before the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the Directorate of Vigilance in the case of the department’s executive engineer P T Parkar’s suspension. Parkar was suspended for alleged irregularities in the tendering process of road works.

Speaking outside the ACB office, Alemao said that the ACB called him to respond to the points raised by Parkar. “As minister, the file comes to me, and after following due process, I gave administrative approval. If something is wrong, then it must have happened at the engineer level,” Alemao said.

Parkar had said that he sanctioned the work under the instruction of minister.

ACB deputy superintendent of police Bossuet da Silva recorded the Alemao’s statement for around two hours at ACB office in Altinho.

Earlier, the ACB had summoned Alemao on February 12, but he did not appear and sent a letter to the ACB, stating that he has to go through the records before he can depose before the authority.

The vigilance department in April 2012 had suspended Parkar for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities in tendering road works.

The allegations against Parkar were that he had split 48 works into around 254 tenders worth 15 crore to avoid getting sanction from higher authorities, as he had the authority only to sanction work up to 5 lakh.

The vigilance department had initiated an inquiry against Parkar after he was found to be involved in sanctioning the works in 2009, when he was heading the department’s south Goa division.

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