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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Petitioner reveals more in CM bro-in-law case

PANJIM: The Maharshi Badri Pharmaceuticals company had not only paid Rs 1 lakh as bribe to Chief Minister’s brother-in-law Ghanshyam Malvankar who was field officer in Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) but had also paid almost Rs 5 lakh to get possession of plots in Tuem industrial estate.

The shocking revelation has come from the petition made by the company proprietor Sanjay Jalandhara to the Prime Minister’s Office. He said his company official Arvinda Bhatnagar had paid Rs 5 lakh to various officers of the GIDC to get possession of the land and when there was no ray of hope, he approached the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
Jalandhara has said that between March and April 2012, he had received correspondence from the GIDC that plots measuring 7500 sq mtr in Tuem industrial estate and 10,000 sq mtr in Pisurlem industrial estate could be allotted to him.
Subsequently, he had made payments of Rs 45,500 and Rs 1,70,000 to the GIDC through Demand Drafts. Between 2012 and August 2015 he was made to run from pillar to post just to get possession of the plot, he had said in his petition to the PMO.
“Frequently, the GIDC wanted some documents or the other and had several queries and later when I came to  Goa, they (GIDC) demanded money,” Jalandhara said.
Based on Jalandhara’s complaint, ACB arrested Malvankar on August 19, 2015 while accepting bribe. Malvnakar was not only released the next day on the bail, but was also reinstated in service pending inquiries.
However, Chief Minister had not only defended Malvankar saying reinstatement is as per law but also said that transfer of ACB officials is a routine exercise.  

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