Arlekar denies wrongdoing in property purchase
Feb 02, 2014
Source : The Times of India


PANAJI: Goa legislative assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar on Monday rubbished allegations of any wrongdoing in the purchase of a 500 sq m plot by him at the cost of 72 lakh at Porvorim.

Arlekar told mediapersons that the DySP of anti-corruption branch had approached him to investigate the purchase of the Porvorim plot and that he had placed all documents of the transaction before the officer.

Arlekar requested the government to file a case against the social activist who filed this "false and malicious" complaint against him. Asked, if he would file a defamation case against the activist, Arlekar said he would consider it.

Arlekar hinted that the allegations against him were an attempt to blackmail. But when asked if anyone had demanded money from him, Arlekar said no one had asked money directly but that he had "got feelers."

Arlekar said he had purchased the plot in green hills colony, Porvorim for 72 lakh. He also said that the amount for the land has been paid through cheques in parts, all drawn on State Bank of India. One cheque for 57 lakh by availing medium term home loan and the balance amount in two cheques in amounts of 10 lakh and 5 lakh.

The speaker refuted allegations of amassing assets disproportionate to his sources of income saying the allegations against him are based on the affidavit he filed for the assembly election for the year 2010-2011. "Presently my income is increased after a lapse of 2-3 years out of my own business (petrol pump) as well as drawing salary and honorarium admissible to the Speaker. Similarly is the case of income of my wife who is working as a school teacher," Arlekar said.

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