Aires files 1st complaint against CM before Lokayukta

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 April 2013 21:19 IST

Goa Lokayukta started functioning from today with social activist Aires Rodrigues getting the privilege of filing his first complaint, that too against chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Lokayukta Justice B Sudarshan Reddy has however decided to start receiving complaints from Friday, 5th April, only in the first half of the day, between 10 am to 1.15 pm.

The office of Lokayukta is temporarily located at the state guest house, behind the chief minister’s bungalow at Altinho.

Justice Reddy, Goa’s first Lokayukta, was administered oath by Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo on 16 March.

Adv Aires was quite happy that he was called back by Justice Reddy and ordered the Lokayukta staff to accept his complaint as an exception case, because he had come enthusiastically to file a complaint.

Adv Aires, as announced earlier, has filed a complaint against Parrikar as the chairman of the Goa Planning Board and vice chairman Datta Kholkar.

The complaint points out at the appointment of Diksha Pednekar as a peon when in reality, alleges Adv Aires, her husband Dhananjay Pednekar works as a peon.

Being an elected panch from ward number 1 of Pomburpa-Olaulim panchayat, Adv Aires says he cannot work as a government servant.

Thus, his wife – working as a maid in the village – is being shown as the peon while the husband works in the Planning Board office illegally.

He has thus filed a complaint against both Parrikar and Kholkar under section 11 of the Goa Lokayukta Act, accusing both of them having misused their office to high-handedly, illegally and fraudulently appoint Diksha as the peon.

Adv Aires also told that Justice Reddy, while accepting the complaint, has ordered his officials to fix a date for preliminary inquiry.

According to Adv Aires, both Parrikar and Kholkar are liable to be prosecuted for offences under Section 13 (d) (i), Section 13 (d) (ii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 punishable under Section 13(2) of the said Act, as well as Section 193 (for fabricating false evidence), Section 420 (cheating the State’s exchequer, thereby causing loss to the State treasury) and Section 468 (forgery for the purposes of cheating).

Adv Aires, who had made a hue and cry over Justice Reddy earlier, was quite happy with the treatment he recieved from Justice Reddy.

However, he sounded equally upset with Rs 500 being charged as a fee along with a complaint.

"It's a complaint against corruption and should not be charged with a fee in order to encourage the have-nots to come forward fearlessly", felt Adv Aires. 

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