The former sub-registrar of Tiswadi taluk of north Goa, Asha Kamat, was on Monday suspended for the alleged irregularities in a 2007 land transaction involving an NRI (Non Resident Indian).

The case relates to an alleged illegal registration of a 4,600-sq metre plot of agricultural land on the island of Chorao in north Goa to two NRIs in violation of the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The case would be investigated by the State Vigilance Department, said a State official.

There has been public outrage over violations of FEMA by some foreigners on a large scale regarding the purchase of land including agricultural land in the coastal belt of the State since some years. The issue had generated much heat even in the State Legislative Assembly forcing the State government to refer a large number of dubious cases to the Enforcement Department which in some cases even ordered seizure of land . Many cases were still under investigation after prima facie violations. Violations of law of land in land dealings by foreigners were one of the issues debated during the recent State Legislative elections .

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has declared “zero tolerance” to corruption . Several heads from bureaucracy have rolled since then while politicians have remained untouched, say political analysts here.

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