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Police book Tourism Minister in land grabbing case

Porvorim police today booked Goa’s Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar for cheating in connection with the 599 sq mts of prime land on the Chogm road at Porvorim alleged to have been fraudulently and illegally grabbed by Dilip Parulekar. Dilip Parulekar is the first Minister of  the Manohar Parrikar government to be booked by the Goa Police on charges of  cheating and corruption.

Acting on the directions of the Mapusa Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Reina Fernandes issued yesterday, the Porvorim Police Inspector Shivram Vaigankar today  registered the  F.I.R under Section 119,120, and Section 420 read with 120 B of Indian Penal Code. The F.I.R has also named Peter Martins the attorney of Communidade of Serula and Irene Sequeira, the then Administrator of Communidade of Bardez as co-accused in the case.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues had in his complaint has alleged that Dilip Parulekar, Peter Martins and Irene Sequeira by their acts of omission and commission and by acting in criminal conspiracy had caused immense loss to the Communidade of Serula by defrauding its prime land at a throw away price to the detriment of the Communidade.

Pointing out that the land given away to Dilip Parulekar was without any auction and without following the procedure contemplated under the Code of Communidade, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that the whole intention was to fraudulently facilitate the doling out of prime Communidade land to Dilip Parulekar.  

Adv. Rodrigues pointed out that the Communidade of Serula  granted  the land admeasuring 599 sq. mts in Survey No. 376/6 of Socorro Village to Dilip Parulekar on receipt of a mere Rs. 3,41,320/- though the value of the land was otherwise worth more than a crore.

Meanwhile, a Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice R.S. Dalvi and Justice F.M.Reis will on 20

th January continue with the hearing of the Public Interest Litigation petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking directions that the 599 sq mts of prime land on the Chogm road at Porvorim alleged to have been fraudulently and illegally grabbed by Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar be immediately restored back to the Communidade of Serula.

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