Mining affidavit exposes irregularities of senior Cong leaders
The state government has not missed an opportunity to nail the former ministers’ and legislators’ prominent roles in flourishing mining illegalities during the erstwhile regime of Congress government from 2006 to 2011, in its affidavit which was filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday. A political angle in the affidavit is clearly visible, with the nailing of rival Congress leaders in the 170-page affidavit of the state government that has exposed the irregularities of former Urban Development Minister, Mr Joaquim Alemao, former Pernem MLA, Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Subhash Shirodkar.
The irregularities pointed out by the Justice M B Shah Commission particularly identifies the period from 2006 to 2011. While during the period 2005-07, Mr Pratapsing Rane headed the state as the chief minister, from 2006 it was Mr Digambar Kamat, who also held the mining portfolio. The affidavit has exposed lawlessness during the earlier regime, wherein all the departments – officials of the Directorate of Mines and Geology, Forest Department, Goa State Pollution Control Board and police administration – were in an active connivance with politicians. Illegal mining activity of former Pernem MLA, Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu in Korgaon village of Pernem has been cited as a glaring example during the previous regime, wherein extraction of ore was carried out without any mining lease. The role of suspended SP, Crime Branch, Mr Chandrakant Salgaonkar has also come under the scanner for harbouring and protecting Mr Deshprabhu and allowing evidence to be destroyed.[NT]