Land Grab Case Against Parulekar Adjourned: Fresh Summons To Comunidade Attorney Agnelo Lobo
Saturday - Mar 11, 2017
Panjim: Judge B.P.Deshpande of the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act today directed that fresh summons be issued to Attorney of the Serula Commuindade Agnelo Lobo and adjourned to 17th March further hearing of the Comunidade cheating and land grab case filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against Goa’s Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar. The Court directions came after Adv. Rodrigues pointed out to the Court that Agnelo Lobo had falsely informed the Court at the last hearing that he was unable to come to Court as he was paralyzed and bedridden.
Judge Deshpande in December after rejecting the plea of the Crime Branch to close the case against Dilip Parulekar and while noting that it was not satisfied with the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch has under Section 190 (1) (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code taken cognizance of the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues and is conducting the inquiry himself.
Strongly opposing the move to close the case, Adv. Rodrigues submitted to the Court that the Crime Branch in an attempt to shield Dilip Parulekar had derailed and vitiated the investigation by falsely and malafiedly portraying to the Court that Dilip Parulekar was a poor victim who was misled by the Comunidade officials to grab the land.
Adv. Rodrigues also drew the Court’s attention that the Crime Branch had repeatedly informed the Court that the investigation of the case was almost complete and only sanction from the government was awaited to prosecute the accused.
The Court on 17th March this year while rejecting the Crime Branch’s plea for further time to probe the case had directed that the investigation be completed forthwith after Adv. Rodrigues pointed out to Judge Deshpande that the Crime Branch was intentionally dragging its feet in the investigation to shield Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar. The Court on 7th October 2014 had directed the Crime Branch to complete the investigation within a month.
On a petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues the Mapusa JMFC on 16th January 2014 had directed the Porvorim Police to register an FIR against Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, Peter Martins, then attorney of Comunidade of Serula and Irene Sequeira, then Administrator of Comunidade of Bardez for offences under sections 119, 120, 420 read with 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. The investigation of the case was later transferred to the Crime Branch.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint had drawn the Court’s attention that the 599 sq mt of prime land on the Chogm Road at Porvorim was given away to Dilip Parulekar without any auction and without following the procedure contemplated under the Code of Comunidade and that the whole intention was to fraudulently facilitate the doling out prime Comunidade land to Dilip Parulekar.
Adv. Rodrigues further stated that the Comunidade of Serula granted the 599 sq. mts to Dilip Parulekar for a mere Rs. 3,41,320/- though the value of the land was otherwise worth more than a crore and that Dilip Parulekar in connivance with Peter Martins and Irene Sequeira had grabbed that Comunidade land at a throw away price by illegal means.
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