Goa casino owners mull withdrawing petition against govt

Goa off shore casino operators today said they were reconsidering their petitions filed against the state government after the recent cabinet decision not to shift casino vessels away from Mandovi river.

Panaji: Goa off shore casino operators today
said they were reconsidering their petitions filed against the
state government after the recent cabinet decision not to
shift casino vessels away from Mandovi river.

The lawyers, representing casino operators, made the
submission before Goa bench of Bombay High Court that they
intend to withdraw the petitions contesting state government`s
order.

The state cabinet had in February 2009 had decided to
shift all the seven casino vessels away from Mandovi River
after protests from civil groups and opposition BJP.

The cabinet, last week, decided to relocate the casinos
within the Mandovi river basin deviating from its earlier
stand to shift them to Aguada Bay.

The division bench comprising Justice D G Karnik and
Justice F M Reis told the lawyers that whoever wanted to
continue with the case can do it.

The bench gave time till tomorrow to the casino operators
to decide on the petition or else the hearing would continue
from Monday.

PTI

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