Not Conversant With Code Of Comunidade Says Serula Attorney Agnelo Lobo
Panjim: As directed by the North Goa Principal District & Sessions Judge B.P.Deshpande, the Mapusa Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) N.S.Amonkar today recorded the statement of Attorney of the Serula Comuindade Agnelo Lobo in the cheating and land grab case filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against Goa’s former Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar. Judge Deshpande will now hear the matter on 10th April.
Agnelo Lobo in his statement recorded before JMFC N.S.Amonkar near the Serula Comuindade office at Porvorim while pointing out that he has held various positions in the Serula Comunidade since 1991 stated that he was not conversant or familiar with the Code of Comuindade.
While stating that he was paralyzed and confined to the wheel chair for the last two years, the 57 year old Agnelo Lobo further stated that the shareholders of the Serula Comunidade were however re-electing him as they wanted him as the Attorney. Agreeing that various F.I.Rs have been registered against him at the Crime Branch for alleged illegalities in the allotment and sale of Comuinidade land, Agnelo Lobo further stated that he was granted Anticipatory bail by the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Stating that he knew former Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, Agnelo Lobo said that he was unaware whether the 599 sq mts at Porvorim was allotted to him illegally but agreed that the High Court had held the allotment of land and shops to Dilip Parulekar as illegal.
Judge Deshpande in December last year 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 had 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 that only sanction from the government was awaited to prosecute the accused.
The Court on 17th March last 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 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 then 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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