Goa Cong MLA, wife booked for dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - AGEN­CIES

Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the Goa Assem­bly and Congress MLA Chan­drakant Kavlekar and his wife Sav­itri, also a Congress leader, were on Saturday booked in con­nec­tion with a 2013 dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case. The Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau (ACB) sleuths also raided the res­i­dence and of­fice premises of the cou­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (ACB) Bosco Ge­orge, an FIR has been filed against Kavlekar un­der sec­tions 13(ii) read with 13(1)(e) of the Preven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act, while his wife Sav­itri, who un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the assem­bly polls on a Congress ticket from the Sanguem con­stituency in 2017, has been booked for abet­ting the crime.

“The raids were con­ducted on Saturday morn­ing in con­nec­tion with the dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case where 14 prop­er­ties worth crores of ru­pees were pur­chased in the state of Ker­ala. Kavlekar and his wife have amassed dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets to the tune of Rs 4.78 crore, which is around 59.21 per cent above their known sources of in­come,” Ge­orge said at a press con­fer­ence in Panaji.

The ACB does not rule out cus­to­dial interrogation of Goa Congress leader Kavlekar.

He said the prop­er­ties were pur­chased be­tween Jan­uary 2007 and April 2013, dur­ing which Kavlekar held the post of Chair­man of the Goa Industrial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion on three oc­ca­sions.

The ACB raids on Saturday were con­ducted at the cou­ple’s res­i­dence at Be­tul, in Quepem sub-dis­trict and their of­fi­cial premises in Mar­gao town, lo­cated 35 km from Panaji. Re­act­ing to the raids, Kavlekar told re­porters that he had done noth­ing wrong. “I have been co-op­er­at­ing with the ACB and yet this is the fourth oc­ca­sion when I have been raided. I know I have not done any­thing wrong,” the Leader of Op­po­si­tion said.

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