Chandrakant Kavlekar booked by ACB in DA case

After filing a case against Chandrakant Kavlekar, leader of opposition in Goa Assembly, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked his wife, Savitri for abetting the crime in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

The ACB conducted raids at three of Kavlekar’s residences and offices at various places including in Betul.

The ACB released a statement that said that Kavlekar has combined wealth in the form of movable and immovable properties within and outside the state of Goa.

“It was also revealed that Kavlekar has purchased around 14 different landed properties worth Crores of rupees in the State of Kerala. He has not even disclosed the details of properties purchased by him in the state of Kerala in his Asset 84 Liability Statement submitted before the Institution of Goa Lokayukta during the period from the year 2013 to 2015,” read the statement.

According to the statement, Kavlekar amassed disproportionate assets of Rs 4,78,58.471, which was 59.21 percent above their known source of income. This was during the check period from January 2007 to April 2013, when Chandrakant was serving as the chairman of the Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC).

He has been booked under Prevention of Corruption act of 1988- section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (e) and under the Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kavlekar is a three-term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly and represents the Quepem constituency and earlier in the day ACB filed a FIR against him in the said case.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

Former excise minister Babu’s residence raided

The former Kerala excise minister K Babu’s residence in Kochi has been raided by the Vigilance department and Anti-Corruption Bureau. Officials said to DNA that it is a case of disproportionate assets. The raid is being done by five groups of the Vigilance officials. It is been headed by two DySPs, from Vigilance special. The official said they started at 8 am.

The official told to DNA that the searches have been conducted at Babu’s residence in Thrippunithura and his daughters’ residences in Palarivattam in Ernakulam district and Thodupuzha in Idukki district. The officials added that raids are also being carried out at the residences of two of his friends–Baburam and Mohanan- at Vyttila and Kumbalam in Ernakulam district.

He also added that the process had taken place after a Thrippunithura-based anti-corruption organisation filed a complaint. Earlier in February, Babu had been given a clean chit by the Vigilance department in a Quick Verification Report (QVR) in a special court. It had been reported that there was no evidence to support the case. He had also been accused of taking the bribe for the renewal of bar license.

With the series of accusations, Babu resigned, but later he came back to the cabinet completing the QVR. He was defeated by CPI  (M)’s M Swaraj in Thrippunithura constituency in Kerala elections 2016.

Source: DNA  The Indian Express