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Goa Speaker’s disproportionate assets case adjourned

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Special Judge under the Prevention of Corruption B.P. Deshpande has adjourned to November 12 for further arguments in the disproportionate assets case against Rajendra Arlekar, Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

Petitioner and activist-lawyer Aires Rodrigues on Friday drew the court’s attention that by a sale deed dated August 26 last year, Mr. Arlekar purchased a 500 sq m plot at Porvorim in north Goa for Rs. 72 lakh and that the sale deed did not reveal the mode of payment while he had also paid a further Rs. 2.52 lakh towards stamp duty and Rs. 2,16,280 as registration and processing fees of that sale deed.

Pointing out that in an affidavit filed by Mr. Arlekar before Goa’s Chief Electoral officer on February 9, 2012 he had shown his income for the year 2010-2011 as Rs. 2,76,671 and that of his wife Anagha Arlekar, a school teacher as Rs. 5,87,186, Adv. Rodrigues argued that the purchase of the plot by him was clearly disproportionate to his last known source of income. Moreover, he submitted that it prima facie reveals that Mr. Arlekar had concealed the real income earned by him from his HP petrol pump dealership “Om Shree Vetobaa” located at Vasco in south Goa.

Adv. Rodrigues submitted to the court that Mr. Arlekar in his affidavit in February 2012 had shown his liabilities by way of loans as Rs. 30,54,314 and further liabilities by way of government dues as Rs. 2,64,734 but that in his statement of assets and liabilities filed on July 31, 2013 before the Goa Lokayukta, his liabilities were shown as nil.

Adv. Rodrigues also sought that the ACB investigate as to how the total income of Mr. Arlekar’s wife Anagha Arlekar, who is a school teacher, which was Rs. 5,87,186 in 2010-2011 had shot up to Rs. 9,32,278 in 2012-2013.

Seeking directions of the court that Mr. Arlekar be booked under Section 13 (1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and other provisions of IPC, Adv. Rodrigues sought that the court monitor the investigation as Mr. Arlekar was politically very influential.

Accusing the ACB of dragging their feet in the preliminary inquiry that was registered against Mr. Arlekar on January 30 this year, Adv. Rodrigues urged the Judge to refer the matter to the High Court for contempt proceedings against ACB officials.

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