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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In KTC, peon gets caught for striking bribe deals for bosses who roam free

Peon gives statement that he was accepting bribe on behalf of his deputy director, no action or inquiry against him

PANJIM: Nearly 10 days after Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s brother-in-law Ghanshyam aka Dilip Malvankar was caught on graft charges, the sleuths of the Anti- Corruption Branch (ACB) made another big arrest of Dattaram alias Damu Gawde, a peon at the Transport Director’s office.
Gawde, considered an influential person in the department, would strike cash deals on behalf of his top bosses to settle issues. He, however, ran out of luck on August 28, 2015 when the ACB caught him red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an assistant motor vehicle inspector (AMVI) to resolve a service matter.
In his statement before the judicial magistrate, the then suspended Group D employee confessed to accepting the bribe at the behest of deputy director Vishram Govekar, who was due for retirement in January 2016. He had disclosed that Govekar had asked him to take Rs 5 lakh from the AMVI to settle the matter, which he, Govekar, as a Vigilance Officer of the Transport Department was investigating. The complainant AMVI was facing a departmental inquiry after he was arrested by the cyber cell of the Crime Branch, in an identity theft case for allegedly sending emails using the official email ID of Assistant Director of Transport Uday Gauns. Interestingly, Gauns was arrested by the ACB while accepting a bribe of Rs 90,000 from a transport contractor in July 2015.
There were high expectations on further arrests based on the confessional statement but it led to disappointments. Neither the department initiated action against Govekar, nor the ACB took him into custody despite the prime accused’s 164 CrPC statement.
Gawde was the fourth arrest in the Transport department made by ACB officers accepting bribes, in the last three years. The peon is now reinstated into the service and serving in the same department.

Herald Goa News

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