CM Laxmikant Parsekar defends graft-tainted brother-in-law

Laxmikant Parsekar, Parsekar, goa chief minister, goa cm, goa land scam, goa land allotment, GIDC,  goa corruption, Goa Industrial Development Corporation, goa news “Just because he (Malvankar) is my relative (it) does not mean (that) he should get more punishment. There is a law of the land and it will take care of any wrongdoing, be it by me or any of my relative,” Parsekar said. (Source: File)

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday came out in defence of his brother-in-law and state Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) officer Dilip Malvankar who was arrested by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in an alleged graft case.

“Just because he (Malvankar) is my relative (it) does not mean (that) he should get more punishment. There is a law of the land and it will take care of any wrongdoing, be it by me or any of my relative,” Parsekar told reporters in Panaji.

Malvankar, a field officer in the state-run GIDC, was arrested last August for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs one lakh that he had sought for “allotting” land in Tuem industrial estate in North Goa.

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However, he was reinstated early last month, evoking sharp criticism from various political parties including Congress and AAP who accused Parsekar of “interference”.

ACB is yet to file a chargesheet against Malvankar.

Parsekar, who had denied any interference on his part in the probe a…

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