Anti-Corruption Branch initiates probe into complaint over Madkaikar’s disproportionate assets
PANJIM: Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Vigilance Department has initiated a probe into the complaint filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues over the disproportionate assets of Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita who is Sarpanch of Old Goa Panchayat.
Superintendent of Police (ACB) Priyanka Kashyap said the complaint is being examined by ACB. She clarified that a preliminary inquiry has not yet been initiated or registered against the minister. ACB sources revealed that Kashyap resumed duty on Monday and the complaint was immediately referred to the DySP for examination.
Pointing out that Pandurang’s Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd had on April 1 this year inaugurated a huge palatial bungalow at Old Goa estimated to have cost around Rs 200 crore, Rodrigues in his complaint demanded that ACB register an FIR under Sections 13(1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120-B of Indian Penal Code against Pandurang and Janita.
Rodrigues has given ACB photographs of the bungalow and a copy of the affidavit dated January 13, 2017 filed by Pandurang along with his nomination papers at the 2017 Assembly Elections.
Rodrigues drew ACB’s attention that in his Income Tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 Pandurang had shown his total income for the year as Rs 1,44,389 and that of Janita to be Rs 24,389.
Stating that a perusal of the affidavit of assets and liabilities filed by Pandurang reveals that the construction of the bungalow was clearly disproportionate to their known source of income, Rodrigues also drew the attention of ACB that the Madkaikars had in their affidavit shown that they own only one residential building at Old Goa with a plot measuring 875 sq mts and the total built-up area 580.7 sq mts valued at Rs 69,68,400.