The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Goa Police has commenced a preliminary inquiry into the alleged land scam at Colvale involving Housing Minister Nilkanth Halankar after a group of activists persisted in the matter and even knocked on the doors of the courts to force the police to take action.
ACB officials said that they will question the minister shortly as part of their investigations.
It may be recalled that activists had alleged that land belonging to the Goa Housing Board, acquired for creating housing colonies at Colvale was allotted to a Trust constituted by Nilkanth Halankar and even having his name and further alleged that this was a misuse of official position to transfer government land to the minister.
Besides, they had also alleged that the land acquired for setting up housing colony was surreptitiously allotted to an hotel management institute without checking its antecedents at a throw-away price causing huge losses to the state exchequer.
ACB officials revealed that they will also question past and present directors of the Goa Housing Board to get to the root of the issue.
The police action has come after the Judicial Magistrate First Class issued notices to officials of Vigilance Department and Goa Housing Board after the activists moved the court as the police were not taking any action on their complaint.