Goan advocate and social worker, Aires Rodrigues demanded a detailed and expedited vigilance probe against Goa’s controversial and much stained Director of Transport Arun Desai who amongst other cases is already under the scanner of the Anti- Corruption Bureau in the alleged job recruitment scam of 33 Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors.
Alleging that Arun Desai’s peon Damu Gaude was last week arrested by the anti-corruption Branch when he was caught red handed accepting a bribe of Rs one lakh on behalf of his superior, Rodrigues stated that Arun Desai needs to be also booked in the same case with his custodial interrogation required to get to the bottom of the rot and malaise of corruption that is well embedded in the Transport department of Goa.
Rodrigues further stated that Damu Gaude who is currently in police custody has been booked under Sections 7, 13 (1) (d) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for initially demanding a bribe of Rs five lakhs but receiving one lakh to get the Director of Transport to close the departmental disciplinary proceedings against one of the Assistant Motor Vehicles Inspector Alister Fernandes.
Questioning as to how Arun Desai has managed and manipulated to continue as Director of Transport for a record tenure of an uninterrupted over five years, Rodrigues alleged that Damu Gaude also remained glued as Arun Desai’s peon since his recruitment four years ago.
Stating that it was an irony that the peon at the RTO was nabbed while the Transport department in Goa was celebrating the Road Safety Week, Rodrigues stated that Arun Desai, who has now been advocating counseling for those not wearing helmets, is himself in need of a lesson or two on the need to shun corruption.
Rodrigues expressed anguish that contrary to its much publicized talk of Zero Tolerance to Corruption, the BJP Government in Goa high-handedly recommended its protégé – the very tainted Arun Desai for elevation to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre.
Rodrigues has also demanded to know as to how despite vigilance probes pending against him, Arun Desai was given the vigilance nod to pave his way for promotion to the IAS cadre by the Goa Government.