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AAP complaints to Lokayukta on 40 corrupt MLA statement, demands investigation

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Panaji: Goa unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday filed a formal complaint with Institution of Lokayukta seeking to take cognizance of a statement by Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, who had admitted during an interview that all the 40 MLAs of Goa are corrupt.

AAP Goa Convenor Elvis Gomes has filed a complaint before Lokayukta which has pleaded the ombudsman body to take cognisance of admission of corruption by all 40 MLAs in state. He has requested that the investigation  under Lokayukta Act read with Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 be conducted in the matter.

“ The Aam Aadmi Party in the state of Goa seeks Lordship’s  intervention under the Lokayukta Act to cause investigation to be made to unearth the corruption done by all 40 MLAs in the state, as has been stated by the Dy CM of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar, which is  widely reported in local media,” the complaint reads.

Gomes has said that it goes without saying that the concerned minister’s statement cannot be brushed aside as being in authority as a minister in the cabinet, he is privy to various deeds and misdeeds done within the administration.

“A complaint for registration of FIR under the PCA 1988 has already been sent to the SP ACB in Goa,” he said.

Gomes said that  Aam Aadmi Party prays that an in-depth independent investigation may be ordered to weed out corruption in high places that could serve as a deterrent.

Ajgaonkar in an interview to a local newspaper had claimed that all the 40 MLAs in the state were corrupt. He was responding to the allegations of corruption leveled against him by BJP MLA and State Port Minister Michael Lobo.

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