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BJP alleges rampant illegal mining in Goa, demands CBI probe

delhi Updated: Sep 25, 2011 22:56 IST

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Alleging rampant illegal mining in Congress-ruled Goa, BJP on Sunday demanded the resignation of chief minister Digambar Kamat and an immediate CBI probe into the issue.

"With illegal mining issue in Goa having come to the fore and questions being raised about the role of Chief Minister, it is important for CBI to investigate the nexus between him and the mining companies that have severely flouted the rules of legitimate mining business and transgressed into illegal mining which is estimated to be over Rs 10,000 crore," party national secretary Arti Mehra said in a press release.

Noting that Kamat is also the Minister for Mines in the state, she said, "BJP demands an immediate CBI probe against Chief minister Digambar Kamat and his resignation."

Mehra said, "Government records over the last five years indicate the state has been witnessing largescale illegal mining where either the mining companies have not got environmental clearances from the Wildlife and Forest Authorities or have extracted ore beyond the permissible limits of extraction."

Citing instances, Mehra said illegal mining is flourishing in Goa under the patronage of the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.

"It is clearly evident that illegal mining in the state has prospered on account of his reign in that ministry. While the Supreme Court has appointed the Shah Commission to investigate into the illegal mining in Goa; it is important for the Centre to conduct a CBI Inquiry into the same," she said.