Herald: Inquiries against Shetye soon: CM

Inquiries against Shetye soon: CM

05 Aug 2017 07:25am IST
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05 Aug 2017 07:25am IST
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Shetye has filed 195 court cases and submitted 459 leave applications to parent department in the last five years. According to records, the department was in receipt of around 900 leave applications

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PORVORIM: The Goa government has decided to initiate two separate inquiries against Junior Engineer at Electricity Department Kashinath Shetye for violation of service rules and alleged disproportionate assets.  

“A dedicated senior officer of AGMUT-cadre with the assistance of Vigilance Department will probe into violation of CCS (Conduct) Rules. The issue is very serious and this person (Shetye) has violated every rules and regulation, Secrecy Act, etc,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the House in reply to a starred question by legislator Nilesh Cabal on the work allocated to the government employee-cum-social activist.

As per the reply, Shetye has filed 195 court cases and submitted 459 leave applications to parent department in the last five years. According to records revealed by Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, the department was in receipt of around 900 leave applications. 

In a written reply, Madkaikar claimed that Shetye had not obtained any kind of approvals for filing the court cases. 

Cabral, armed with documents which he claimed will expose a number of violations and illegalities by Shetye, argued as to how the electricity department would accept all his leave applications. He demanded an inquiry against the officer concerned, to which Madkaikar assured to launch a departmental inquiry.  Parrikar too echoed the concern particularly on majority leaves being “half-day.” 

“How it is possible for him to travel from Xeldem (Shetye’s place of posting) to appear in different courts/forums? Most of the leaves are half-day. So when was he on duty? There are also some leave applications wherein he has taken continuous 18-19 days holiday in one month. He seems to be having a free run at the cost of the government,” the CM said reiterating assurance of a strict action. 

The proposed inquiry, Parrikar elaborated would cover all aspects including analyses of his leave, whether he was appearing in court during this period, who approved his leave, etc. 

“I can understand if a person files one-two-three cases but he has been filing a number of petitions in different courts. What is his contribution towards his work in the government department then,” he questioned, while also raising suspicion that the RTI activist let off his department, but filed complaints against all other departments. 

Cabral also sought an inquiry into a gun license registered in Shetye’s name and investigation into how the he managed transportation and other facilities on the monthly salary, considering that he has been filing court cases not only in Goa, but National Green Tribunal too. The House was also informed about an office set by Shetye to handle filing of court cases. 

“This again is a violation of CCS Rules,” Parrikar alleged announcing investigation by Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) into the alleged disproportionate assets. He however refrained from disclosing further details claiming a privilege motion is already moved against Shetye for leaking the assembly questions and answers before the monsoon session’s commencement last month. “There is one individual who has totally gone berserk,” he commented supported by legislators Glen Ticlo and Churchill Alemao. While Ticlo demanded Shetye’s arrest for forgery, Alemao sought his termination from the service. 

Meanwhile, Madkaikar said the department was unaware about any acquisition or disposal of any assets under his name or in the name of his spouse, as no such permission had been sought by him for the past 10 years as per available records, except intimation of vehicle purchase.
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