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ACB has been probing Kavlekar since 2013

17 Sep 2017 05:57am IST
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17 Sep 2017 05:57am IST

PANJIM: The preliminary investigation into the disproportionate assets case against the Leader of the Opposition, Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, was initiated in April 2013, a year after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got an absolute majority in the March 2012 Assembly elections.

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PANJIM: The preliminary investigation into the disproportionate assets case against the Leader of the Opposition, Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, was initiated in April 2013, a year after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got an absolute majority in the March 2012 Assembly elections.   

ACB, which is probing the amassing of wealth of Rs 5.5 crore, had booked Kavlekar in April 2013 allegedly for securing this wealth when he was GIDC (Goa Industrial Development Corporation) chairman from 2005-12. 

ACB suspects that Babu secured the wealth when he was holding this post and invested in land/properties in Kerala (Perunad-Pathanamthitta). The case was booked based on information received from the Joint Chief Electoral Officer in Goa.

Kavlekar had allegedly not revealed these assets in his election affidavits filed with his nomination for the 2007 and 2012 elections. 

ACB has already collected vital evidence of assets which Kavlekar had secured when he was GIDC chairman.

After verifying with the authorities in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, ACB sourced documentary evidence, which was in Malyalam and it took them over a year to get authentic translations from an authorised institution from Kerala.

However, in the meantime, ACB grilled Kavlekar several times and searched his residence and offices. After concluding the preliminary investigation, ACB had recommended an FIR against Kavlekar in the case. It is learnt that various banks from where Kavlekar had obtained loans refused to furnish details of transactions and sought an FIR copy to release the information. 

In March this year, again after the BJP came to power, the probe was expedited and in March itself the file was sent for the approval of the Chief Vigilance Officer, who is also the Chief Secretary of the State. 

The investigation was slowed down mainly due to three reasons. First for sanction of a chartered account (CA), secondly because of the English translations of the Malayalam documents and thirdly the evaluation of Kavlekar’s residential bungalow at Betul.  

The bungalow has been estimated by PWD to be to the tune of Rs 1.38 crore, while the translated copies and the CA report came last year.  

It is also learned that ACB has sought the details form Goa Lokayukta and Chief Electoral Officer of Kavlekar’s declared assets. 

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