Mumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa is locked in a fierce fight with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over an alleged housing scam involving Elvis Gomes, a former bureaucrat who is its chief ministerial candidate for assembly elections in March.

Gomes appeared before the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Monday following a summon issued last week.

Gomes has been named by the ACB in a case involving conversion of land from agriculture to residential and later implementing orders to facilitate its return to the original owner who made windfall gain by commercial use of the land.

AAP has alleged a “political conspiracy" by the Goa government to malign Gomes’ image . When Gomes reached the ACB office, AAP workers put up posters asking Goan voters to choose between chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and “non-corrupt" Gomes.

The ACB also issued summons to former revenue minister Jose Phillip D’Souza and then GHB chairman Nilkant Halarnar.

The case involves 30000 square metre land near Margaon which the Goa Housing Board acquired in 2011 from a farmer and converted it into residential zone. The ACB case against Gomes and two others holds that the land was returned to the original owner when Gomes was the managing director.

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