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Former Minister to be named in Crime Branch FIR

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Crime Branch of Goa police will be filing first information report (FIR) against a former minister, two bureaucrats, and others in the high-security registration plates (HSRP) contract scam in the next two days.

Transport Ministry has referred the case of alleged illegalities in the award of contract for HSRP to Crime Branch.

State Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said that Crime Branch will file FIR in the next two days. The previous government had cancelled the contract for installation of HSRPs on the vehicles registered in Goa, awarded to Delhi-based Shinmit Utsch.

Sources said that FIR names former Transport Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, currently a Congress legislator, and bureaucrats Mihir Vardhan and Sandip Jacques, who once headed the department.

Saying that Crime Branch had been given a free hand, Dhavalikar said “the guilty will be punished as per the law.”

The government has also started the process of issuing a fresh tender. Bids will be invited online. As per the Supreme Court directive, HSRPs would be mandatory after June 30.

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