Cong to approach Lokayukta over stamp duty ‘scam’


Smelling a scam in the recent 100 crore stamp duty collected from Sesa Goa for the renewal of three mining leases in Codli, Sanguem, the Congress has decided to ask the Lokayukta to investigate the scam.
Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamankar said that the mines department collected 100 crore as stamp duty from Sesa Goa without knowing the exact environment clearance (EC) limit granted to extract iron ore.
"As per the paper available with us, we understand that there is a big scam and chief minister Manohar Parrikar with mala fide intention collected stamp duty from Sesa Goa," he said.
Tamankar said Sesa Goa has three leases in Codli with a 299.55 lakh hectare area. Tamankar said that the Goa state pollution control board has stopped mining activities in TC No. 69/51 for not having a valid forest clearance.
He also said that acting on a complaint, previous mines director Arvind Loliyekar and present director Prasanna Acharya had written a letter to MoEF to seek an exact EC limit for each lease, but till date it has not been intimated to the state government.
"When the mines department does not know the correct EC limit for each lease, how can they collect stamp duty?" questioned Tamankar. [TOI]