Goa casino owners withdraw petitions against govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 22:04
  
Panaji: Following the reversal of Goa Government's decision not to move away casinos from Mandovi river, offshore casino operators today withdrew the petitions contesting against government's earlier order asking them to shift their base.

The offshore casino managements told Goa bench of Bombay High Court that they want to withdraw the petitions as the recent state Cabinet decision had allowed them to stay in Mandovi river.

Goa government, through a cabinet decision in February 2009, had asked the casino managements to shift to Aguada Bay.

The managements had approached the high court challenging the state government's resolution.

The Digamber Kamat-led government rolled back its decision and instead asked off shore casinos to relocate in the Mandovi river basin near Panaji city.

The lawyers said they have received letter by state government dated September 20, in which they have informed the off-shore casino managements that the vessels would be relocated within Mandovi river.

The presence of off-shore casinos in Mandovi river had sparked protests from various quarters including Opposition BJP, which has insisted that the vessels be asked to move in the sea.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 22:04


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