NCP leader arrested in Goa illegal mining case
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 21:31
Panaji: Senior NCP leader Jitendra Deshprabhu was arrested in an illegal mining case, minutes after a court rejected his anticipatory bail petition on Thursday.

As Additional District and Sessions Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by Deshprabhu, the party's national secretary, he was taken to Goa Crime Branch office at Dona Paula where he was placed under arrest, police said.

The NCP leader is the prime accused in the multi-crore illegal mining case wherein iron ore was illegally extracted from his property (an open plot) at Pernem taluka.

The Crime Branch, investigating the case, has already rounded up Gitesh Naik, a person working with Deshprabhu as a contractor to transport the ore.

Mines and Geology Department had earlier confirmed the illegal ore extraction and slapped a Rs 1.7-crore fine on Deshprabhu whose party is part of Goa's ruling Congress-led alliance. The high-profile leader from North Goa had ignored three summons issued against him to appear before the investigating officer.

He moved the pre-arrest petition in the court after the Crime Branch began looking for him. The court had on August 1 concluded hearing the arguments on the petition and reserved the final order for today.

After the petition was dismissed, Deshprabhu's counsel Shashank Samant moved an application for a stay so that the order could be challenged in the High Court. The Sessions Court Judge, however, declined to grant a stay.

Crime Branch has already interrogated State Mines and Geology Department Director Arvind Lolienkar, Chief Wildlife Warden Shashi Kumar and Director of Transport Arun Desai in connection with the case.


First Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 21:31

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