Dilip Malvankar, brother-in-law of Goa’s chief ministe, Laxmikant Parsekar, was arrested on Tuesday evening while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
Malvankar, a field engineer with Goa Industrial Development Corporation, was nabbed by the state’s Anti Corruption Branch officers along with another official on the complaint of Sanjay Kumawat.
Kumawat claimed he had been facing several problems in obtaining possession of a plot in the Tuem Industrial Estate to manufacture Ayurvedic medicines. This, according to him, had led him to suspect a motive of bribery in allotment of other industrial plots.
Meanwhile Congress leaders have called for the CM to resign from the portfolio of Home Ministry to allow for a fair investigation.
The CM, for his part, has promised a fair investigation adding that law will take its due course into this matter.
“He is my relative, I cannot deny it, but law will take its own course,” Parsekar said asking his relatives and well wishers to be even more careful in their dealings in future.
This does not go down well with the fact that the news of Malvankar’s arrest was not announced in a press release as is the norm but it first surfaced on social media as ‘rumours.’
Parsekar had become Goa’s chief minister in November 2014, after the elevation of Manohar Parrikar in Narendra Modi’s cabinet as the new defence minister.