Arlekar faces probe but denies land purchase scam

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 February 2014 21:20 IST

While tourism minister Dilip Parulekar is facing an allegation of acquiring a Communidade plot at the rate of around Rs 5700 per square meter on ‘Porvorim’ plateau, Goa speaker Rajendra Arlekar is now facing inquiry for buying a plot on the same plateau at the rate of Rs 14,400 per sq mt.

Goa’s Anti-Corruption Bureau is presently probing into the allegation in this regard made against Arlekar by lawyer-cum-activist Aires Rodrigues.

The speaker has refuted the allegation of corruption in purchasing the plot by paying Rs 72 lakh, stating that Rs 57 lakh are paid through a bank loan and the rest Rs 15 lakh are paid through his savings.

Rodrigues has however even complained to the income tax authorities, claiming that Arlekar’s income in 2010-11 was Rs 2,76,671 while his teacher wife Anagha’s income was Rs 5,78,186.

He has shown this income based on affidavit Arlekar had filed before the election commission on 9 February 2012, while filing nomination for Assembly election held in 2012.

Arlekar claims his deal is fully legal and he has purchased the plot with his savings and the rest would be paid through bank instalments.

According to Rodrigues, the sale deed states that Arlekar has purchased the plot from Delhi-based Goan journalist Dharmanand Kamat.

Arlekar in addition has also paid Rs 2,52,000 towards stamp duty and Rs 2,16,280 towards registration and processing fees of that Sale deed, he states.

Rodrigues had alleged that the sale deed however did not mention the mode of payment, whether in cash or by cheque.

Countering the allegation, Arlekar says all payments are made by cheque while alleging that Rodrigues has used Right to Information to blackmail him.

He thus plans to move a privilege motion against Rodrigues in March Assembly session while also planning  to approach the state government to move against the activist for making a malicious complaint.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party spokesman Trajano D’Mello demanded that Arlekar moves aside as the speaker and allow free and fair investigation into the case.

“It is just not the case against an individual, the dignity of the House is at stake”, he said. 

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Mr Rajendra Arlekar should stop taking the Goan Public & its citizens for fools & idiots.

Quote "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" .

He should not misuse the absolute power vested in him as Speaker of Goa Legislature.

His should be reminded that he has a criminal conviction against him,for Rioting and an unpaid fine.

There is nothing malicious in the complaint. It is a discovery of the legitimacy of his purchase.

I have read that Mr Alrelkar intends to file a case of defamation or is threating to do so.

Mr Arlekar should look in the mirror.

He has defamed himself ,by his previous criminal actions.

- N.Fernandes, London | 04 th February 2014 20:58


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