In more than 100 alleged land grab cases being investigated by the Goa government’s Special Investigation Team (SIT), one is filed by a certain Christie Fernandes. Fernandes is the father of Suella Braverman, the Indian-born lawyer who was named the UK’s new Home Secretary by Prime Minister Liz Truss earlier this week.
Fernandes, a Goan living in the UK, complained that his two ancestral properties in North Goa were seized by an unidentified person.
“Braverman’s father, Christie Fernandes, has complained that his two ancestral properties collectively measuring 13,900 square meters in Assagao have been usurped,” Superintendent of Police (SIT) Nidhi Vasan told reporters on Friday.
Based on the complaint, the State Police SIT filed the First Information Report (FIR) and an investigation into the matter began.
What is the case?
Fernandes complained that an unidentified person by proxy had filed an inventory proceeding regarding properties bearing survey numbers 253/3 and 252/3 in the village of Assagao belonging to him and members of his family, reported the PTI news agency citing police sources.
According to the complaint, the inventory procedure was filed before July 27 this year and he became aware of it in August.
Fernandes filed the complaint with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Director General of State Police Jaspal Singh and Goa NRI Commissioner via email.
Complaint forwarded to the reception service
When contacted, Goa NRI Commissioner Narendra Sawaikar told PTI that the email was received last week by his department, which was forwarded to the state’s reception department.
“The NRI commissioner does not have the power to investigate such cases. Therefore, we forwarded the complaint to the Ministry of Interior,” he said.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Sawant told reporters: “We will investigate every case that comes to SIT. A real investigation will be carried out. »
Goa Government SIT
Earlier this year, the Goa government formed the SIT made up of officials from the police, revenue and records and archeology department to investigate cases of land grabbing. SIT is investigating more than 100 such cases in the state and has arrested more than 15 people, including two officials from the Department of Archives and Archeology.
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