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Aires urges KTC to auction shop alloted to Ravi Naik’s Kin and also recover losses

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Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today urged the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) to auction Shop No 32 at the Panaji bus Terminal and to also recover from Nooruddin Hamirani the entire undue rebate given to him which caused intentional financial loss to the Corporation.

 

In a letter to the Managing Director of KTC, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has drawn his attention that a perusal of the documents furnished under RTI reveals that KTC deviated from the rules and laid down procedure in allotting that Shop No 32 and later showing further undue largesse to Nooruddin Hamirani who is the father- in- law of Roy Naik, the younger son of former Goa Chief Minister Ravi Naik who is now the Agriculture Minister.

 

Pointing out that Nooruddin Hamirani by a letter on 9th March 2018 requested the KTC to lease him Shop No 32 as it was vacant, Adv. Rodrigues has in his letter stated that the shop was allotted illegally without conducting the required auction and that the file notings do not indicate on what basis it was done and whether there was a special decision of the Board of Directors to this effect.

 

Further drawing the Managing Director’s attention that Nooruddin Hamirani had surrendered Shop No 32 on 1st July last year, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Corporation committed another illegality by re-alloting the shop to him from March this year 2022 without any auction.

 

Pointing out that the decision to also grant Nooruddin Hamirani an unprecedented rebate by charging him only Rs 10,000 a month against the monthly rent of Rs 43,546 had caused a huge financial loss to the Corporation which is already running in huge financial losses, Adv. Rodrigues in his letter has stated that there was no explanation or justification on how the amount of rebate given was arrived at.

 

Adv. Rodrigues in his letter has also stated that the KTC being a Government undertaking it was the bounden duty of all its officials to vigilantly safeguard taxpayers’ money by being very diligent in running the affairs strictly in accordance with law by ensuring transparency and accountability while showing no favor to anyone however mighty he may be.

 

While seeking disciplinary action against those officials who conveniently failed to safeguard the interests of the Corporation by showing undue favours to Nooruddin Hamirani, Adv. Rodrigues in his letter has drawn the attention of the Managing Director that there are a lot of other illegalities and irregularities at the Panaji and other KTC bus stands and has sought prompt intervention and appropriate action in the matter.

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