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If court asks me to step down I will do so: Inacinho

Margao: Reacting to Lokayukta verdict, Loutolim panch Inacinho Fernandes on Wednesday said that he will comment on it only after he gets the copy of the order. However, he said that he had resigned as sarpanch nine months ago as per verbal agreement of seat-sharing among panch members.

The Lokayukta, in his order dated September 20, had said that on the basis of findings it is declared that the public functionary Inacinho Fernandes should not continue to hold office as sarpanch or ward member of the panchayat. 

“I have not got the copy of the order. I will collect it and then give my statement. If the court asks me to step down as panch I will do so as per law,” Fernandes said. He added that “a case was filed before the State Election Commission and it went against me. However, I appealed in the court and the judgment came in my favour.”

According to Fernandes, he had taken two shops of the panchayats on rent years ago in a building located close to the panchayat. The case is pertaining to these shops, it is learnt. It is gathered that there are dozens of cases filed against Fernandes and verdict in several cases have come in his favour. 

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