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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CM’s bribe taking bro-in-law back at work, other suspended officers kept hanging

Two officials and a peon of transport dept still on suspension; CM’s brother-in-law enjoys full state patronage; Reinstated and disproportionate assets case not registered against him inspite of recovery of unexplained cash worth lakhs

PANJIM: If you are Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s brother-in-law, returning from a stint behind bars and a suspension of service is easy. Because according the Chief Minister the “law is equal to all”. We presume he meant that the law allows suspended officers to get back to service.
But what is applicable to super brother-in-law Ghanshyam Malvankar, caught red handed on August 18, 2015, accepting a bribe of one lakh, for releasing a GIDC plot, is not applicable to lesser mortals like Assistant Director of Transport (Enforcement) Uday Gauns, Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector (AMVI) Vaman Umbrascar and Datta alias Damu Gawade, a peon in the Transport Department.
Malvanlar was reinstated in service a month ago, with a disproportionate assets case not even registered against him. On the other hand Assistant Director of Transport (Enforcement) Uday Gauns and Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector (AMVI) Vaman Umbrascar are still waiting reinstatement. Both officers are under suspension, as is Datta alias Damu Gawade who was arrested on August 28, 2015, ten days after Malvankar’s arrest.
Senior ACB officials said reinstatement is not within their purview.
However, the claim made by the CM that he has not interfered in the reinstatement of Malvankar, is shocking, as is information that though ACB has hard evidence to book a case of disproportionate assets against Malvankar, the agency is silent on it.

Sources claimed that Malvankar’s file has not been touched by any officer after previous investigation officer PI Nolasco Raposo, who had trapped Malvankar, was shunted out.
After Malvankar’s arrest, Rs 7 lakh in cash were found at his residence at Colvale, besides that two gold biscuits and Rs 25 lakh worth gold ornaments from a bank locker at Mapusa were also recovered. ACB has not evaluated his bungalow which would be worth nothing less than Rs 50 lakh according to an officer.
The court has already released all of Malvankar’s property that ACB had seized. ACB Superintendent of Police Vimal Anand Gupta said the property was released based on the court order whereas the inquiry continues and a case of disproportionate assets can be booked. “Release of property doesn’t mean that the case is closed, the case can be still booked, and the inquiry is in progress,” SP Gupta said.
However, sources at ACB said that Malvankar has not yet replied explaining the assets. The notice was sent by Raposo before he was transferred. “If the explanation is not satisfactory or if any accused is not replying we can book a disproportionate assets case,” Gupta said.
This is what Parsekar had said while defending Malvankar, “He was suspended from service, not terminated. The law is equal for all. We have reinstated several officers in the past who were suspended for different reasons. This is one such case.”
Clearly the facts are otherwise.

Herald Goa News

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