Will Probe Sexual Exploitation Allegation Against MLA: Goa Chief Minister

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Will Probe Sexual Exploitation Allegation Against MLA: Goa Chief Minister

Pramod Sawant said the MLA told him that he will fight the case at a personal level. (File photo)

Panaji:

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said the state government will conduct an investigation into the Congress’ allegation of BJP legislator Milind Naik being involved in a sexual exploitation case.

Mr Naik, who was serving as Goa’s urban development minister, resigned from the state cabinet on Wednesday after meeting the chief minister in Panaji.

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar had accused Milind Naik of being involved in the sexual exploitation of a woman by misusing his power as a cabinet member.

State Congress vice president Sankalp Amonkar had also filed a police complaint against Naik and released a purported audio conversation between the victim and the MLA.

After meeting the BJP legislator late Wednesday night, Chief Minister Sawant told reporters that Naik has resigned for a free and fair investigation into the case.

“I have accepted the resignation and also sent it to the governor. Whatever evidence the Congress has produced that we will investigate,” he said.

The chief minister also said Mr Naik told him that he will fight the case at a personal level.

The cabinet post will remain vacant and there will be no fresh induction, he said.

“I will handle all his portfolios,” Mr Girish Sawant said.

The state Assembly elections are due in February 2022.

Chodankar has demanded that police initiate a probe into the allegation against Milind Naik.

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