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HC Reserves Verdict on Plea By Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar to Quash FIR in Land Grabbing Case



Panaji: A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising Justice M.S Sonak and Justice B.P Deshpande today after hearing final arguments has reserved their judgment on the petition filed by Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar seeking quashing of the F.I. R against him in connection with the land grabbing case.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues on 4th July last year had filed a complaint on behalf of Rawloo Khalap with the Special Investigation Team at Crime Branch giving details of the land grabbing by the Mandrem MLA. Jit Arolkar in March last year was elected on a MGP ticket and is now supporting the ruling government having been appointed as Chairman of the Goa Housing Board.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint stated that Jit Arolkar grabbed the land and created over 200 plots in the property while illegally and fraudulently executing sale deeds with third parties and selling the entire property in connivance with Pernem Revenue officials.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint further alleged that Jit Arolkar in gross violation of law with political patronage and funds allegedly generated through land scams had also funded and constructed tar roads illegally connecting to the village road and electricity poles were installed unlawfully while no action had been taken by the Electricity department and the PWD.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint further drew the attention of the Crime Branch that Jit Arolkar had also reportedly illegally created number of small plots in the adjacent property belonging to an elderly widow Mrs. Shetye and in defiance of law had similarly illegally and fraudulently sold them to various parties  by executing similar devious sale deeds.

Meanwhile Justice V.K Jadhav Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Goa Government to probe the land grabbing in Goa will on 1st March at 11 am hear the complaint against Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar of having grabbed that land admeasuring 1, 48,800.00 sq. mtrs situated at Village Dhargal in Pernem of which Mapusa based Rawloo Khalap currently residing in California is a co-owner.

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