Panaji: BJP would be moving breach of
privilege against Congress legislator Agnelo Fernandes,
holding him responsible for leaking the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) report on illegal mining in Goa.
BJP legislative wing spokesman Damodar Naik said that
he would be moving breach of privilege against Fernandes, who
is a PAC member representing Congress, during the state
assembly session which begins today.
PAC report, which has unearthed Rs 4,000 crore illegal
iron ore mining scam, was reportedly leaked a day before it
was being tabled on the floor of the House.
According to Naik, the report had forcibly been carried
away by Fernandes yesterday.
Fernandes is one amongst the four members, who had
expressed his unwillingness to sign the report claiming it to
be "biased and drafted without taking them in confidence."
"The report is confidential and it is property of the
House. Agnelo went away with it an now it`s leaked," Naik
The report was guarded from being coming into public
domain by committee chairman Manohar Parrikar and others.
It is learnt that the report has directly indicted
politicians and officers from the Mines as well as the Forest
Department, including their secretaries and director of Mines
The report is understood to have recommended that an
independent agency like CBI or Lokayukta be asked to probe
into illegal mining nexus being carried out in connivance of
local politicians, bureaucrats of the Mines and Forest
departments and police force.