According to a complaint filed with the Goa Lokayukta the Goa government had acquired 1.8 lakh square meters of orchard land in Shiroda from Subhash Shirodkar and his brothers or family members and related companies for a whopping Rs 70 crore “apparently with the blessings of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar” who approved the deal.
The land was purchased years ago by Subhash Shirodkar for only Rs 45 per square metre.
It has already been reported in the local media in Goa that the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) refused to purchase the land as they did not need it and hence CM Manohar Parrikar got the Industries department which is under him to make the purchase.
It is also already known how another land owner who had land in the vicinity had offered the government 1.4 lakh sqm of land for Rs 350 per sq meter, while the Goa government purchased land from Shirodkar for Rs 3500 per sq mtr.
Now it has come to light that almost the entire property which was purchased by the Goa Government from Subhash Shirodkar and his family members and relatives or the dummy and shell companies floated by him has or was already been mortgaged by people connected to Subhash Shirodkar and loans totally amounting to a principal amount of Rs 3 crore were obtained from the concerned co-operative society said social worker and Adv Diya Shetkar while speaking to media persons in Panaji today.
“The name of the entity is Shiroda Urban Co-operative Society which is owned by Subhash Shirodkar and others who are basically dummy or benami members on the board of the co-operative society.
The Co-op Society is completely controlled and managed by the Shirodkar family,” explained Shetkar.
It has already been reported in the media that part of the land was mortgaged by the credit society by employees of Shirodkar in return of a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.
Now according to research conducted by Adv Diya Shetkar and her team, information concerning the last 4-6 years obtained from Registrar of Societies, Balance Sheets which were somehow obtained, RBI records, ROC records etc., the rest of the property was also mortgaged to the Co-op Society and a total principal amount of Rs 3 crore was availed as a loan. The exact interest amount accrued on this loan is still not known, but we know that a huge amount is still outstanding to the society.
While the loan given to the 9 employees of Subhash Shirodkar was shown in the records, the rest of the loans given to his family members by the same entity is not officially shown as loan amounts.
According to a case filed by Social Activist Aires Rodrigues, in the Lokayukta, nine employees of Shirodkar have apparently shown the land in their own name, and availed of loans after mortgaging the property to Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society to get a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.
The disbursement of the loans totaling Rs 3 crore took place in the year 2013, which was headed by Shirodkar himself, Shetkar alleged.
BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar was the Chairman and his brother was the vice chairman when the loans were taken. All the other members are either dummies or benami members who are all related or connected to Subhash Shirodkar, Diya said.
Other loans were taken by his relatives and family members falsely claiming to own parts and parcels of the entire property during the year 2013 and 2014.
The Goa government has failed to do due diligence before purchasing the land for a huge sum of Rs 70 crore, about 9 times its actual value.
The land actually belongs to the Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society as Shirodkar or his family or relatives or his fake companies have no right to sell it to the government.
This entire deal with the government of Goa is fake and fraudulent as the land is still mortgaged to the society.
It is very likely that the deposits and money of the unsuspecting public who have saved their hard earned money in this entity are at risk now, as this information comes out into the public domain.
Shetkar has demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the Shiroda Urban Co-op Society, failing which she said she will move the High Court of Bombay at Goa.
TEAM INDIA SCOOPS | 24 OCT 2018: Two days after IndiaScoops.com first reported (Read Here) that about Rs 12 crore of public money approximately seems to have been spent till date on the treatment and related expenses concerning Goa CM and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s illness, the Goa CM’s office or the Defence Ministry is yet to make any official statement or comment on the matter.
In a state where the common man has to run from pillar to post to get a dialysis done and where a doctor lost his mind and attacked a government medical department head at the Goa Medical College and Hospital for keeping pending and not clearing medical bills worth a few lakh, IndiaScoops.com made several attempts to contact the Goa CM’s office to elicit an official response, but no inputs were forthcoming.
The only statement given off the record was to say that the matter is confidential and top secret and no one is authorized to comment or speak on the subject. The Goa CM’s office however denied that the figure was in the range of Rs 12 crore, but refused to say how much was actually spent.
After consulting several experts and reliable medical sources in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and the USA, on a conservative estimate, it seems that about Rs 12-13 crore approximately has been spent in all, over the last eight months, on Goa CM Manohar Parrikar’s treatment including related expenses like air-travel and hotel accommodation for the Cabinet Ministers’ who went to meet Parrikar on his instructions at the AIIMS in Delhi recently.
A Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) former Medical Director who spoke to IndiaScoops.com said that the total cost of Parrikar’s treatment for his ailments and medical condition till date could have easily crossed Rs 11 crore. Other expenses like air-ambulance, air fares, hotel etc would take the total to over Rs 12 crore at the very minimum. Other medical experts in Goa and abroad pegged the total expenses between Rs 12 crore to Rs 15 crore.
The average cost of cancer treatment and therapy including expert consulting fees, accommodation and medicines at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute in the US where Parrikar was admitted is about Rs 3.5 to Rs 3.8 crore per month. This does not include airfare or air ambulance charges and other expenses. Parrikar was also admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai as well as the AIIMS in Delhi for different periods of time.
Goan social activist and senior advocate Aires Rodrigues who spoke to IndiaScoops.com, estimated that the cost of Parrikar’s treatment could be in the range of Rs 12 to 15 crore including other miscellaneous expenses.
The Goa Congress – the main opposition party in the State did not pinpoint a figure, saying that the party has filed an RTI and is waiting for a reply. “We will not like to name any figure at this stage, till we get a reply to our RTI application,” Goa Pradesh Congress chief Girish Chodankar told IndiaScoops.com.
The CM’s office in Goa did not entertain calls from IndiaScoops.com and refused to comment or divulge any information regarding Parrikar’s treatment or illness.
When asked by this reporter if the amount spent till date was in the range of Rs 12 crore, the official flatly denied it, but refused to reveal what amount was spent on Parrikar’s treatment. I am not authorized to speak on this matter, the official told the IndiaScoops.com journalist, redirecting us to Goa BJP State President Vinay Tendulkar.
Another official refused an email interview with Parrikar or his press advisor on the subject of his illness and treatment, saying that only Tendulkar may speak on the subject.
Vinay Tendulkar was unavailable for comment on this subject and calls from IndiaScoops.com went unanswered.
Adv Rodrigues who condemned the financial burden on the state exchequer in no uncertain terms told IndiaScoops.com:
When Parrikar was first admitted to the US hospital he was asked to pay a deposit of Rs 3 crore upfront. Subsequently, more payments were made. The cost of his treatment runs into crores, which is being borne by the State. Parrikar and his family is wealthy enough to bear the cost of his own treatment. It is only because he wants a statue, that he is holding on to the post of CM.
The Chief Minister’s Office, in September this year had stated that Parrikar was suffering from a pancreatic ailment and was rushed to the US for the third time because he was experiencing indigestion. There have been differing and sometimes conflicting statements from the CM’s office over the last 6 months.
No official health bulletin has been released by the CM’s office, which in itself is questionable. The people of the state have a right to know the latest updates about the CM, particularly when there have been conflicting reports in the local media.
Even senior Cabinet ministers have over the last six months expressed reservations and raised questions over the status of the CM’s health. Calangute BJP MLA Micheal Lobo was the most vocal and straightforward (Read Here) when he said that the CM must hand over his job to someone else as governance in the State is getting affected.
Lobo was worried about the inability of the government to fill up the 3000 vacant government jobs, most of them in the police and State administrative machinery.
Alliance partner Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party too expressed his displeasure at the failure of the BJP to appoint a replacement to Parrikar, when he stated in an interview to news agency PTI that Manohar Parrikar’s illness affecting his state’s working. (Read Here).
Sardesai’s hard-hitting statement was frowned upon behind closed doors by some leaders in the BJP and the party issued a clarification seeking to do some damage control.
According to a report in The New Indian Expressdated 7th September 2018, the Goa Congress took exception to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar going to the US for indigestion treatment and sought Governor Mridula Sinha‘s intervention in the matter.
GPCC chief Girish Chodankar who had met the Governor then, was quoted by the New Indian Express saying “since the medical expenses of the three were being met at the expense of the state exchequer the people of Goa should be made aware of the exact nature of ailments.”
“It cannot be believed that the state is being burdened with hefty bills for mere treatment of ‘indigestion’. Also, this does not bode well for the medical care facility and the medical fraternity available in Goa.”
“Does the government desire to claim that its reputed Goa Medical College is unfit to treat a case of ‘indigestion’?” Chodankar had stated in his petition to Sinha.
Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said that a huge amount has been spent by the State of Goa on the treatment of the ailing CM.
“Whatever be the amount spent, the people of Goa have a right to know. The CM’s office must make public all the details regarding the CM’s illness, the cost of the treatment and other matters. Why all the secrecy around the status of the CM’s health? Governance in Goa has come to a standstill. The entire government is in limbo. Even the allies like the GFP and the MGP have started getting restless. There is no clarity from the government or the BJP party. This is not a dictatorship. We live in a democracy. Even BJP Cabinet Ministers are being kept in the dark on the real status of Parrikar’s health. On one hand a statement is made that the CM is recovering and on the other hand, Ministers and bureaucrats are denied appointments with the CM even on very crucial issues concerning the state,” Lourenco told IndiaScoops.com.
Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 and discharged on February 22. On the same day he returned to Goa and presented the Budget in the Assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness.
According to a FirstPost report: “He (Parrikar) is diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer of the pancreas… He has already been administered one round of chemotherapy when he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital,” sources at the Goa had told a FirstPost reporter.
During the first week of March, Parrikar wrote to the state Goveror Mridula Sinha informing her that he would be going abroad for further treatment. He was flown to Mumbai and admitted to the Lilavati Hospital for a check-up and from there, he was taken to the US for treatment in March.
Editor’s Note:This is a developing story, which will be updated as more inputs come in. The CM’s office and BJP leaders have so far not responded to our request for comments, except for what has been mentioned above. The article will be updated in case anyone responds to IndiaScoops.com.
According to media reports, the Goa Lokayukta Justice P K Misra has directed the Chief Secretary of Goa and the SP of the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) to file a status report on 9th August over the investigation conducted into the complaint filed by Adv Aires Rodrigues over the huge disproportionate assets acquired by Goa’s Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar, the Sarpanch of Old Goa Panchayat.
In a directive, the Goa Lokayukta has said that the status report on the probe conducted by the ACB should be submitted to office of the anti-graft institution by August 9, says an IANSreport.
The Lokayukta directions came after Adv Rodrigues filed a complaint with the Lokayukta over the inaction of the ACB.
“Such status report should be submitted so as to reach this institution on or before August 9. The matter shall be taken up for further preliminary enquiry on August 9 at 11.30 a.m.,” Lokayukta Justice P.K. Mishra has said in the order.
In his complaint filed before the ACB, the complainant Aires Rodrigues — a Goa-based lawyer — had alleged that Madkaikar, had constructed a bungalow which according to the complainant was allegedly valued at Rs 200 crore and had demanded a probe under sections 13(1)(d)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, reports IANS.
Madkaikar is currently recuperating at a specialty hospital in Mumbai after suffering an almost fatal brain stroke in June this year (Read Here). Doctors claim he may never be able to walk on his own as part of his brain has gone dead and one side of his body is paralyzed.
Pointing out that Pandurang Madkaikar’s Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd had on 1st April this year inaugurated a huge palatial bungalow at Old Goa estimated to have cost around a whopping 200 crores, Adv Aires Rodrigues in his complaint on May 10th had demanded that the ACB register an FIR under Sections 13(1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120-B of Indian Penal Code against Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar and to speedily investigate the case.
Adv Rodrigues along with his complaint gave the ACB photographs of the bungalow and a copy of the Affidavit dated 13th January 2017 filed by Pandurang Madkaikar along with his nomination papers at the 2017 Assembly Elections.
Rodrigues drew the attention of the ACB that in his Income-tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 Pandurang Madkaikar had shown his total income for the year as a mere Rs 1,44,389 and that of his wife Janita, a paltry sum of Rs 24,389.
Rodrigues in his complaint stated that among his other liabilities and dues Pandurang Madkaikar had shown a personal loan of 10 lakh he had taken from Shiv Samarth Motors owned by Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and another Personal loan of 5 lakhs obtained from his brother Dhaku Madkaikar.
Rodrigues further stated that among Janita Madkaikar’s other liabilities and dues, was a personal loan of 10 lakhs she had obtained from Rajesh Khaunte the brother of Rohan Khaunte and another personal loan of Rs 6, 24, 361 she got from her husband Pandurang Madkaikar.
Stating that a perusal of the Affidavit of assets and liabilities filed by Pandurang Madkaikar clearly reveals that the construction of this new palatial bungalow at Old Goa was clearly disproportionate to the known source of income of Pandurang Madkaikar his wife Janita, Rodrigues also drew the attention of the ACB that the Madkaikars’ had in their affidavit shown that they owned only one residential building at Old Goa in Survey No. 143/1 with the plot admeasuring 875 sq mts and the total built-up area 580.7 sq mts valued at Rs. 69,68,400/.
Rodrigues in his complaint also informed the ACB that as Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and Old Goa Sarpanch Janita Madkaikar are public officials he has through a letter addressed to their respective Competent Authority sought sanction to prosecute them.
Madkaikar had rejected the allegations, says the IANS report, claiming all the documentation regarding the construction of the bungalow located near the iconic Basilica of Bom Jesus church complex was valid and the construction was carried out using legally earned source of income.
A complaint filed on Thursday with the Goa Lokayukta against Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar sought a probe into his disproportionate assets.
In the complaint filed under Section 11 of the Goa Lokayukta Act, the complainant, advocate Aires Rodrigues has drawn the attention of the Lokayukta that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors Pvt. Ltd., had on April 1 this year, inaugurated a bungalow in survey no. 144/2 next to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in North Goa, estimated to have cost around ₹200 crore.
Last month, he lodged a complaint of disproportionate assets with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Goa against Mr. Madkaikar, which the ACB officials said “was under examination.”
The complainant has attached a copy of the affidavit of assets filed by Mr. Madkaikar on January 13, 2017 along with his nomination papers during the 2017 Assembly elections.
The complaint pointed out that in his I-T returns for the financial year 2015-16, Mr. Madkaikar had shown his total income for the year as ₹1, 44,389 and that of his wife Janita, sarpanch of Old Goa village panchayat, a sum of ₹24,389.
The complaint also finds details of all personal loans of the Minister and his wife to claim that the construction of this new bungalow at Old Goa was disproportionate to his known source of income.
Urging the Lokayukta to seek a status report from the ACB of the complaint filed by him against Mr. Madkaikar, Mr. Rodrigues has also sought in his complaint that the Lokayukta issue action to be taken against Mr. Madkaikar.
Mr. Madkaikar is presently in a private hospital in Mumbai convalescing after a surgery he underwent on Monday following a brain stroke he suffered.