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Parrikar being probed in cheating case: Police to court

Goa Police has told a court that it was conducting a “preliminary inquiry” into a complaint by a lawyer activist against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, accusing him of allegedly causing loss of over Rs.5 crore to the exchequer when he was the chief minister.

In response to a notice from the Panaji judicial magistrate first class, police inspector Rajendra Prabhudessai, in-charge of the Panaji police station, said in a written statement that the complaint filed by petitioner Aires Rodrigues “is under preliminary inquiry”.

The police official’s reply was submitted to the court on February 27. A copy of this is available with IANS.

Rodrigues approached the court seeking the registration of a first information report, after police reportedly failed to register his FIR in which Parrikar was accused of cheating the government exchequer along with a real estate promoter, whose premises was rented by the government at exorbitant rates. The premises though rented by the Goa government was eventually not utilised, the petitioner claimed.
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