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ACB registers highest number of FIRs this year

PANAJI: The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Directorate of Vigilance has registered 19 first information reports (FIRs) this year till October, the highest number since its inception.
According to information, the ACB since 2003 till October 2014 has registered FIRs in 49 cases, which include cases pertaining to disproportionate assets and trap cases.
In 2003, the ACB had received around 30 complaints, and after conducting inquiries in these cases, 5 cases were taken up for preliminary inquiries, however no FIRs were registered as there was no any evidence.
In 2013, 12 FIRs were registered, whereas in 2012, 7 FIRs were registered, and during the previous years there were hardly one or two FIRs registered per year.
Of the total 49 cases, the ACB has so far filed charge-sheets in only 3 cases whereas 4 cases are either closed or the investigating agency has submitted report to the court for closure of the cases as there were no contraventions.
According to information 42 cases are still under investigation, and the cases are since 2006 onwards.
This year, of the 19 cases in which FIRs have been registered, two are pertaining to the Sancoale panchayat. One was registered against the former sarpanch Ramkant Borkar in July whereas the another registered in August also against Borkar besides three others.
In the first case, Borkar was arrested red-handed while reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 75,000 towards issuance of occupancy certificate for a residential house whereas in second similar case, Borkar is absconding.
The ACB has already issued a lookout notice against Borkar while another accused Sancoale panch Sadanand Bhingui has been arrested.
According to information of the number of preliminary enquires that are being conducted, the ACB has also begun enquiring into the Old Goa land issue wherein the Cumbharjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar has reportedly purchased land which was identified for the Old Goa police station.

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