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Jobs scam: Chargesheet filed against 2 top babus

File to be forwarded to CM’s office for action

25th June 2019, 02:17 Hrs

the goan I network

PANAJI

The Vigilance Department has served a chargesheet against two top bureaucrats in the alleged recruitment scam seven years ago pertaining to filling of large number of vacant posts in the Goa Medical College, Health department and the agriculture department in the months leading to the 2012 Assembly polls.  

Current health minister Vishwajit Rane presided over these departments under the health and agriculture portfolios he held during the tenure of the Digambar Kamat government then.  

The then director of administration at GMC SV Naik and Health secretary Datta Sardesai have been served the chargesheet but the two ex-Deans in office during the recruitment process have been let off.  

Both Naik and Sardesai, besides the two former Deans were indicted in the investigation conducted by the Lokayukta into the case.

 The duo have been directed to respond to the charges following which the Vigilance Department will forward the case to the office of the Chief Minister for further action.  

After the Lokayukata’s inquiry had confirmed a scam in the matter the then Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma had in June 2017 referred the case to the Vigilance department which has now completed the investigation and served the chargesheet against the two officers.  

The two officers have been told to file their reply to chargesheet.  

The case was the first major corruption matter referred to the Goa Lokayukta after the late Manohar Parrikar, who took over as Chief Minister following the BJP’s win in the 2012 Assembly elections, had alleged a scam in the hurried recruitment done between November 2011 to 30 March 2012 in these departments. 

Sources in the vigilance department said a report will be furnished to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for further action after the two indicted government officials file their reply.   

Goa police’s anti-corruption branch officials investigated around 14 cases of recruitment out of which three cases were referred to the Lokayukta.