Pandurang Madkaikar’s Problems Skyrocket, as Lokayukta seeks report from CS and ACB on Disproportionate Assets Case against Power Minister and his Wife Janita

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.

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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 IANS report.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar’s controversial Rs 200 crore bungalow encroaches on land belonging to a protected monument

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.

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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.

with inputs from IANS

Impenetrable Veil of Secrecy Surrounds Health of Goa Ministers as 6-7 Ministers are Seriously Unwell?

Devika Sequeira | The Wire | 16th July 2018 Panaji: Goa’s PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar underwent a surgery at a Mumbai hospital on July 9, joining an unprecedented number of MLAs in the state – six, including chief minister Manohar Parrikar – who’ve been hit by major health issues writes  Devika Sequeira in The Wire.

The PWD minister was recovering well, a government statement said, requesting all “not to speculate about his health”, a demand that provoked even more questions in the state where a veil of secrecy surrounds the health of half a dozen legislators, a majority of them from the ruling BJP.

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Dhavalikar, who handles the weighty transport portfolio as well, is the fourth cabinet minister from Goa to have been hospitalized in recent weeks. Another BJP minister, Pandurang Madkaikar, is still being treated at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a brain stroke (Read Here) in early June. But the government has said little about his condition or his ability to get back to work anytime in the future.

Chief minister Parrikar, who returned to Goa in mid-June after three months at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York where he was being treated for cancer of the pancreas – something not officially confirmed or spoken of even now – currently juggles 26 portfolios (with some more hefty ones lately acquired from his ailing cabinet colleagues), raising questions about his capacity to cope.

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The Goa chief minister’s absence of 100 days, his decision to appoint the constitutionally questionable three-member cabinet advisory committee rather than an acting chief minister, and governor Mridula Sinha’s tacit silence in the matter – despite protests from the opposition Congress – left the Goa administration rudderless and adrift for a good part of the year.

Speaking at a BJP mahila morcha meet here a few days ago, Parrikar said willpower, medical treatment and people’s prayers had helped him get back on his feet. “The tremendous goodwill of the people of the state and the impact of prayers has helped me recover and come back in public life,” he said. He also told a group of local editors he might consider a cabinet reshuffle – given the number of ailing ministers – after the state assembly session that ends early August. The BJP leader is scheduled to return to the US for follow-up treatment soon after.

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The Goa chief minister may have enjoyed the goodwill and sympathy of the public and the media here which has consistently referred to the cancer as a “pancreatic ailment”, but within his cabinet, subtle moves had been launched to replace him if the need arose, with the occasional story of a likely successor being floated in the local press to test his acceptability quotient.

At a press conference a fortnight before Parrikar’s return, Dhavalikar (of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which is part of the coalition government) threw a curveball at the media saying he was “mentally prepared to take responsibility of chief ministership if the people so desired”.

The MGP MLA’s cosy relationship with Union minister Nitin Gadkari and the bonhomie they share over the nearly Rs 20,000 crore highways, bridges and other major infrastructure projects currently unleashed in Goa is well known, and the local media had a field day speculating over the possible merger of the MGP with the BJP to elevate Dhavalikar to the top post. The BJP’s dependence on Parrikar and his overbearing leadership have left the party bereft of a second line of command in Goa.

Though a much frailer Parrikar helms the affairs of the state, a threat to his position has been blown away for now ironically by the poor health of two possible contenders: Dhavalikar and urban development minister Francis D’Souza, who also spent several weeks abroad for a kidney transplant surgery.

Far more upfront about his health than other politicians are prepared to be, D’Souza sees life in a position of power as “a rat’s race” to defend one’s turf – something the voting public would see as a small price to pay for a life of enormous wealth and privilege. Politicians tend to be secretive about the nature of their illness “because if a minister falls sick, there are four waiting to take his place”, he says.

D’Souza claims he spent his own money on treatment abroad. But another minister who wished not to be identified said he believed legislators are entitled to unlimited medical expenses, even abroad. “Why are you asking such insensitive questions?” he wanted to know.

When the state is picking up the tab, doesn’t the public have a right to know if a minister is fit enough to handle the job?

Activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues believes it has. An RTI he filed asking for the government to make known the spending on the chief minister’s treatment has so far gone unanswered.

Source/Credits: The Wire adds: BJP MLA and GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral is the sixth or seventh Goan Minister who is undergoing treatment (Read Here) and has been making several trips to Kerala in the last two months. Nothing is known about his medical situation and Cabral has not said anything. Social media has been abuzz with reports that Cabral could have a serious back problem or a slipped disc problem, but could not confirm this and the social media posts are only speculation by concerned Goans.

Two more Goan ministers are unwell, but there is no official comment and we are unable to confirm it or mention their names in this report, as neither the Goa government or the Ministers themselves are willing to talk about their health issues.

Pandurang Madkaikar could have consumed some ‘drug’ or ‘medication’ that triggered the deadly stroke in his hotel room: Doctors

PANJIM: Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, who is undergoing treatment at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai since June 5, is responding well to the treatment and is now off the ventilator, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had told media persons last Saturday.

According to a Herald report, Madkaikar suffered a massive brain stroke when he was in Mumbai for a medical checkup earlier this month. He was operated to remove blood clots from his brain and since then was in ICU on a ventilator as he could not breathe on his own. He was being fed via tubes, but is slowly recovering say doctors.

Doctors at the hospital claim that Madkaikar could have possibly consumed some ‘medication’ or ‘drugs’ in his hotel room that could have triggered the massive stroke. He was fit and healthy and used to spend two hours daily in the gym. It is very possible that he consumed something either the same day or a day before that caused the blood clots and triggered the massive brain stroke, opine neurosurgeons in Mumbai. Maybe he was taking some health or protein supplements,  or energy drinks or such similar ‘medication’ – that fitness freaks are known to indulge in –  and which may be ‘expired’ or maybe beyond the usability date, which caused the sudden brain stroke. Alternatively, a combination of medication could have had the deadly effect.

Madkaikar had met some people in Mumbai. He had visitors in his hotel room. Possibly they consumed alcohol and it could have reacted with other medication that he was taking, said another doctor.

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Rane, who visited Madkaikar said the Minister is responding well to the treatment and six months from now, doctors will mobilise him for walking, reports Herald.

“Power Minister is recognizing everyone now. He communicates with people by writing on a piece of paper. He is out of ICU and ventilator,” Rane told reporters.

Madkaikar is not able to converse with people. He is being fed via tubes and it is possible that one side of his body may be permanently paralyzed.

Pandurang Madkaikar’s condition still very critical: on ventilator, unable to breathe on his own and in coma for last 12 days

Goa Power minister Pandurang Madkaikar’s condition is still very critical. As of writing on Saturday afternoon, he is still on ventilator and has not come out of coma at all since he was admitted to the hospital on Monday 4th June  after suffering a serious brain stroke in his hotel room in Mumbai. He is unable to breathe on his own and has been on ventilator for the last 12 days, doctors attending to him said, adding that Madkaikar will need a really big miracle to even get back to being ‘partly normal’.

According to medical sources at the hospital, one side of Madkaikar is completely paralyzed, and it could take months for any signs of improvement as the neural networks of the body and brain including the nervous system take very long to regenerate and heal, if at all. It is not sure if Madkaikar will retain his memory. The human brain can regenerate, but it rarely happens. He will have to be on wheelchair – definitely for quite some time, a doctor told

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Doctors at the hospital say he suffered a very serious brain stroke and there is a possibility of part paralysis or permanent damage to a part of the brain resulting in hampered cognitive functions. A senior doctor attending to Madkaikar said, “We are still unable to gauge the damage to his brain and body. Sometimes, even if there is any damage, some damage is temporary and rectifies itself over time. The body and particularly the human brain has a great power to heal itself. What he needs right now are the good wishes and prayers of his people and maybe a miracle too!”

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Power minister Pandurang Madkaikar underwent surgery at Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday 5th June after suffering a brain stroke. “The operation was successful and doctors had put him under observation for 72 hours,” health minister Vishwajit Rane had then told TOI. 

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Sources said that Madkaikar was travelling and was in a hotel in Mumbai when he had the stroke. Hotel staff shifted him to hospital, and later, his brother and sister-in-law traveled to Mumbai to be with him.

Madkaikar had been in the firing line over the last few weeks over massive power cuts across the coastal state.

Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders had complained that several areas in North Goa had suffered blackouts for hours after the power department shut off electricity to relocate high tension transmission lines from near a real estate plot to favour a builder.

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Admitting to the negligence on the part of his department officials, he apologized to the people of the taluka for power outages and the shutdown that lasted for over 20 hours.

“I am extremely sorry for the inconvenience that was caused to the people. I assure that this won’t happen again as the maintenance work has perfectly been executed…. it will now avert all major power interruptions in Tiswadi,” Madkaikar had said while speaking to The Navhind Times over the phone.

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Madkaikar said that this work was outsourced to a Bangalore-based company, which found it difficult to complete the work within the limited time.

Responding to allegations that the work had been undertaken to facilitate two big housing projects, Madkaikar had said, “We know what are we doing, and for whom. We cannot help any builders at the cost of government and the public. The people, who are alleging that the work had been undertaken to help the builders, are frustrated… I can understand their frustration as they had to suffer.”

Disproportionate assets complaint against Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar

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.

Source: The Hindu