BJP puts Goa mining scam at Rs 25,000 crore

Last Updated: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 19:38

Panaji: Goa’s Leader of Opposition Manohar
Parrikar on Friday accused assembly speaker Pratapsingh Rane of
trying to protect `someone` involved in illegal mining scam.

"Speaker is in league with the government. There is no
hesitation in saying that he is trying to protect someone in
the government," Parrikar, who chaired Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) on illegal mining, told reporters today.

The PAC report was not tabled on the floor of the House
by the Speaker on the ground that majority of the members of
the committee had given a letter stating that they had not
signed the report.

Parrikar, who along with other BJP legislators walked
out from the assembly in protest today, said that the Speaker
had committed breach of privilege by calling PAC report as a
draft report, as reported in a section of the media.

"It’s a final report. It’s not a draft report,"
Parrikar asserted.

The PAC report which estimated illegal mining in the
state at Rs 4,000 crore is learnt to have recommended that
either Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Lokayukta
should investigate the scam.

"The committee reports, whether select committee, PAC
or any other, has to be accepted by the House," he said.

The leader of Opposition alleged that Rane was
reluctant to table the report as his role in allowing illegal
mining has also come out clearly in the report.

"When he (Rane) was the CM, he had
condoned delay of the mining firms (in getting permission for
mining leases from the union government) in 30 cases while
Digambar Kamat has done in 10 cases," Parrikar said.
PAC had, it is learnt, questioned the condoning, which
was done illegally.


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First Published: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 19:38

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