FIR against Goa Cong leader, wife in graft case

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

PANAJI: The Goa Po­lice has filed an FIR against Congress leader Chan­drakant Kavlekar for al­legedly amass­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets to the tune of ~4 crore. The FIR also names his wife, Sav­itri, as the co-ac­cused as she is the di­rec­tor in his com­pany.

The anti-cor­rup­tion bureau of the Goa Po­lice has filed an FIR against se­nior Congress leader Chan­drakant Kavlekar for al­legedly amass­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets worth ₹5 crore.

“Kavlekar has still not been able to sat­isfy the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies about the ad­di­tional source of in­come to the tune of ₹5 crore,” su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (ACB) Bosco Ge­orge said. “If he fails to give a sat­is­fac­tory re­ply, we might need his cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion,” he said.

The ACB, which has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the com­plaint filed against Kavlekar in 2012, reg­is­tered the FIR against him un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of the Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act on Fri­day.

The SP said the FIR also names Kavlekar’s wife Sav­itri, who is one of firms’ di­rec­tor, as co-ac­cused and could be ques­tioned.

“As of now the dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets have been val­ued at over ₹4.78 crore, ex­clud­ing the un­ex­plained amount of ₹5.50 crore,” the of­fi­cer said.

The cou­ple has been booked un­der sec­tion 13(2) (any pub­lic ser­vant who com­mits crim­i­nal mis­con­duct) of Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act.

Kavlekar, who is the leader of op­po­si­tion in the Goa assem­bly, was chair­man of Goa In­dus­trial Cor­po­ra­tion from 2005 to 2012, Ge­orge said, adding that as­sets amassed dur­ing this pe­riod are un­der the ACB’s scanner.

The cou­ple had sub­mit­ted as­sets de­tails amount­ing to ₹1 crore each be­fore the Lokayukta.

The SP said the FIR took time as some of the prop­er­ties were in Ker­ala and the doc­u­ments re­lated to were in Malay­alam which needed to be trans­lated.

He said the searches are go­ing on at his res­i­dences and of­fices of his com­pany. The SP said the leg­is­la­tor owns four com­pa­nies.

Kavlekar, athree-ter­mmem­ber of Goa assem­bly, said he was ready for in­quiry by ACB or any other agency. “I am not in the wrong,” he said, adding the BJPled gov­ern­ment was try­ing to de­mor­alise the op­po­si­tion through such tac­tics.

The po­lice filed a case against him af­ter tak­ing suo moto cog­ni­sance of me­dia re­ports al­leg­ing his in­volve­ment in il­le­gal al­lot­ment of plots. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions had also re­vealed that Kavlekar owned a plan­ta­tion worth ₹32.5 crore in Ker­ala.

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