“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…