Sandeep Vazarkar, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate from Porvorim, was arrested by police in an old cheque bounce case ahead of the Assembly elections in Goa. Porvorim police arrested the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader after a court in Dehradun issued bailable warrants against him in two separate cases.
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Vazarkar is now being held by Porvorim police. His legal team is working on getting him released on bail. This news comes only days before the Goa Assembly elections, which are set to take place on February 14.
The cases were filed under Section 138 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with ‘bouncing’ checks due to a shortage of cash in a bank account, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (Porvorim) Vishwesh Karpe.
Mapusa Police detained Vazarkar last month in connection with an alleged Serula Communidada land grab. Mahua Moitra, a Lok Sabha MP and the leader of the TMC in Goa, has criticised the “illegal detention” of the party’s leader.
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In the meantime, the Trinamool Congress released its second list of seven candidates for the Goa Assembly elections on Saturday. Tim’s Kavita Kiran Kandolar, Siolim’s Leao Dias, Calangute’s Anthony Menezes, Curtorim’s Anthony Peixoto, Margaon’s Mahesh Amonkar, Velim’s Benjamin Silva, and Canacona’s Mahadev Dessai have all been selected.