The Goa Police Crime Branch on Tuesday sent notice to Delhi Chief Secretary Sanjay K. Srivatsava, seeking clarification over an application to the CID Crime Branch here seeking to register a case against him for failing to act on corruption complaints against a Congress Minister and an Executive Engineer in Goa government while he was Chief Secretary and consequently Chief Vigilance Officer of Goa in 2010.
The notice by Crime Branch seeks to know from Mr. Srivatsava why, as a public servant, he failed to take any action on the matter in 2010 despite bringing the matter to his notice, and as such why he should not be booked under Section 119 of IPC for failing in his duty to prevent the offence.
A senior police official on Tuesday confirmed that the letter was sent seeking his explanation for not acting against the former Minister of Public Works Department (PWD) Churchill Alemao and former Executive Engineer P. T. Parkar in a PWD tender scam while Mr. Srivatsava, as Chief Secretary of Goa and was holding the Vigilance Department.
Vice-president of National Students Union of India (NSUI), Goa Sunil Kawthankar on January 10 last had submitted an application to the State CID/Crime Branch Police to register a case against Mr. Srivastava for not acting against the accused duo in the PWD tender scam which is presently under investigation of the Crime Branch following reference from the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the State Vigilance Department.
Mr. Kawthankar complained that Mr. Srivatsava being Chief Vigilance Officer of Goa during the erstwhile Congress regime, he had brought to his notice the scam in PWD in which 258 works were awarded without following proper procedures. But the then Chief Secretary preferred to remain mum in an alleged bid to protect Alemao Parkar, government contractors and other PWD officials for reasons known best to him, he alleged.
Mr. Srivastava was Chief Secretary of Goa from July 2009 to August 2012.