AAP’s candidate for CM’s post in Goa appears before ACB

Aam Aadmi Party�s Chief Ministerial candidate for upcoming Goa Assembly polls, Elvis Gomes on Monday appeared before state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with an inquiry into a land conversion scam.

AAP’s candidate for CM’s post in Goa appears before ACB

Aam Aadmi Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for upcoming Goa Assembly polls, Elvis Gomes on Monday appeared before state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with an inquiry into a land conversion scam.

Gomes, the 53-year-old AAP candidate, who would be contesting from Cuncolim in South Goa, has been announced as the chief ministerial face of the party for the state Assembly polls due in early 2017.


Gomes refused to talk to media as he walked into the ACB office Monday morning. Several AAP volunteers, displaying placards, stood outside in Altinho locality of Panaji asking people to choose between “non-corrupt Gomes” and BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Gomes, in his tenure as managing director of Goa Housing Board, allegedly acquired about 30,000 sqm of land near Margao town, changed its ‘zoning’ (reservation) to residential which would have increased its market value, and later gave it back to the owner in 2011, as per the ACB’s FIR.

The board had acquired the land for building residential units and allegedly got its zoning changed from ‘orchard’ to ‘settlement’. Gomes has refuted the allegations against him and said that the timing of summoning him for the inquiry is suspicious.