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Churchill accused of Rs 300 crore PWD Scam

Former NSUI – Goa president and now vice-president in his personal capacity and in his fight against corruption has lodged a complaint against the PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, the Chief Secretary, Sanjay Srivastava and the executive engineer,  P T Parkar  at the Panaji town police over alleged corruption in the PWD.

The superintendent of police, North Goa, Waman Tari stated they have received the complaint, but it was not registered till late Thursday evening.

Kawthankar told the media at the Panaji town police station that Alemao and Parkar have allegedly committed criminal acts of cheating, fraud, besides misappropriation of funds in the PWD, to the tune of Rs 300 crore

Kawthankar cautioned that if the North Goa SP does not act upon the complaint within three days then he would move court of law.

Kawthankar alleged that the Chief Secretary, who is also chief vigilance officer, has been made party in  the graft case as he failed to act upon the report from the Directorate of Vigilance, which has clearly affirmed  that illegal and criminal acts have been committed by Parkar with approval from the PWD Minister.

He claimed that the report has clearly mentioned that Parkar and the minister worked out a strategy to siphon off and misappropriate funds from the PWD thus cheating the state exchequer of crores of rupees.

He charged that around 258 tenders were awarded fraudulently in works division of XXIV alone, each tender being of Rs 5 lakh or more. The said tenders are illegal, Kawthankar claimed, adding that Parkar has admitted that he has done so with the written approval of Alemao.

The said tenders have not been even published in newspapers, a violation of CPWD guidelines, in order to give the works to favored contractors. It is also pertinent to note that the same were quoted 5 per cent above the estimated costs.

He said these misdeeds are punishable under sections 403 and 420, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code read with various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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