Goa CM is facing stiff allegations from opposition and media in the most controversial brother-in-law bribery case. Some of the media even reported that they have acquired the facts with the help of sting operation which proves the direct involvement of the CM in the transfer of senior police officials investigating the case of his bro-in-law. What are the facts behind these allegations? Is Goa CM really involved in the alleged corrupt activities to safeguard the interest of his brother-in-law? Here is the complete report on the same.
This is the case of Dilip Ghanashyam Malvankar, incidentally a brother-in-law of the Goa’s Chief Minister who was caught red handed by the crime branch sleuths while accepting the bribe of Rs. 100,000 from one of the industrialists for allotment of plots in GSIDC. This case took place in the month of August 2015.
The arrest of Malvankar gave a rise to a political turmoil in the state with Goa CM being taken on the gunpoint by opposition and media alike. Coincidentally the transfers of senior police officials involved in arrest and investigation of the CM’s brother-in-law took place in the month of October just two months after the arrest. This raised the suspicion amongst the media and political opponents and the CM came under the scanner of political scrutiny.
CM was accused of the transfer of investigating officer to safeguard his brother-in-law. Following the arrest of his brother-in-law Dilip Malvankar, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar made a statement before the media that the culprit will be punished and “The Law will take its own course” he also assured that he will not interfere in this case saying that “according to me to everybody is same in front of law”, but very soon the law freed Malvankar on the bail.
The transfer of police officers is very common in our country and there is no doubt that it happens due to direct or indirect involvement of the politicians. Soon after the transfer of the police officials the local newspaper published the report claiming that the transfers of the police officials were politically motivated and the resulted out of the arrest of Brother-in-law of Goa CM. Despite getting caught red-handed while accepting the bribe of Rs. 1 lakh at Tuem Industrial Estate the Brother-in-law of Goa CM was reinstated back to his job by CM himself.
The police officials did their job with complete dedication and allegiance following the arrest of Malwankar ACB recovered cash of Rs. 7.5 Lakh, two gold biscuits of 100g each and Gold jewelry worth Rs. 15 Lakh from a locker of Syndicate Bank’s Mapusa Branch rented by the accused. ACB also searched two bank lockers owned by Malvankar and his wife, after he was released on bail in Sindhudurg Zilla Madhavarti Bank at Dodamarg but found only an empty locker. ACB also made all the efforts to make the case strong against the accused. They gave no special treatment to the accused neither they kept any loopholes in this case. They managed to get the voice samples of Malwankar examined by forensics to make sure that the same matches the recordings of the accused recorded while making the deal before his arrest and the reports came positive.
Here the story took another turn, Goa CM Parsekar finally decided to intervene in the matter despite his earlier promise that he will not step into the investigation and let the law take its own course and as the result of CM’s interference in this matter, the investigation officer of this case Nolasco Raposo was transferred within two days of the court orders. According to the sources, Raposo, who was instrumental in setting over a dozen traps in various cases, was shunted out on October 29th in a single transfer order, posting him to CID center, Mapusa. Soon after that, Superintendent of Police, Bosco George, an upright officer who was heading the ACB was also transferred posting him at SP Security, Wireless, SPCR.
George came on to the radar of the CM only because he strongly objected to the transfer of PI Raposo and had not released him for a long time from the ACB despite the transfer order. George even commenced a correspondence with the Chief Vigilance Officer and Goa Police that the transfer cannot be processed without the approval of the Director of Vigilance which didn’t happen in the case of Raposo. Sources at the Directorate of Vigilance had confirmed that both transfers were the fallout of the political interference because of the fact that the accused was a close relative of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
Further another news media came up with the claims that they have done a sting operation and the involvement of Goa CM in the reinstatement of his brother-in-law back to work has been established. According to the reports published by IndiaNewsNetwork.IN who claimed to have done a string operation said that it has been proved beyond doubts that the Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar gave the direct orders of transfers of honest and brilliant ACB officer PI Nolasco Raposo and SP Bosco George who were directly involved in the arrest of his brother in law. According to their reports, Parsekar was very upset on the action was taken by the said police officials without informing him about the same. PI Raposo has said to have acted in very diligent manner and made sure that no actions were leaked in the media before the producing of Malvankar into the court.
Parsekar made statements in the media safeguarding his own interest by saying that this is not the first time any suspended government servant had been reinstated back to the job. “We have reinstated many officials in the past who were suspended from service for various reasons and this is one such case,” he said adding that he does not have any blood relation with the accused (Malvankar) and that he is just a relative. “I don’t have any blood relations with him (Malvankar) he is just a relative and he was not terminated from the job but was just placed under suspension,” he added.
According to the sources, based on the existing protocol there is a compulsory need of the approval of the director of Vigilance while making the transfers of the police officials who is handling such sensitive issues and reached at the crucial point of the case. But here in this case director or vigilance claims to have no idea about the transfers of the police officials until the issue was raised by the media.
With above reports, it looks like there is a substance in the involvement of the CM into the transfers of the police officials investigating the case of his brother-in-law. But according to us the readers will be the final judge in this case who would decide who is right and what is wrong. Kindly leave your honest comments on this issue.