Cong raises doubts on PAC report on illegal mining

Panaji: The Congress on Thursday raised doubts about the authenticity of Manohar Parrikar-led Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on illegal mining in Goa claiming that their members were not taken into confidence while preparing the document and alleged that it has been "leaked" ahead of being tabled in the House.

"Many of the Congress party members who were on the Committee have submitted their dissent note because the meetings were being conducted without inviting them," All India Congress Committee Secretary Sudhakar Reddy told reporters here.

He said "the authenticity of the report has to be decided by the Speaker, once it is tabled."

The PAC led by the Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly is in its final stages of preparing the report, which is likely to pin down the illegalities conducted at the cost of state exchequer and environment in the coastal state.

Jagmeet Singh Brar, Goa desk Congress in-charge, alleged that Parrikar "leaked" the report even before placing it to the state assembly.

The Congress leaders said they will wait for the report of the Central government-appointed Shah Commission, which is seriously investigating into the illegal mining activities in the state.